Greg Slaughter earns praise from Cone for standing ground against Onuaku
Greg Slaughter shone on both ends of the floor for Ginebra. Jerome Ascano

GREG Slaughter deflected the credit to his teammates for a solid defensive job on Arinze Onuaku in Ginebra’s 103-90 win over Meralco on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Gin Kings star slotman had a huge hand in limiting the 6-foot-9 Bolts import to his lowest scoring output this conference.

Averaging 21.5 points and coming off a 28-point performance, Onuaku contributed just 10 points as he was held to eight attempts, although he hauled down 16 rebounds and added three assists, and one block in 37 minutes.

“It was tough,” Slaughter said of his defense on Onuaku. “I got to give it to my teammates for being there, always having me executing our game plan and defense on him.”

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“It was my teammates helping me out to contain Arinze,” added the 6-11 cager, who also delivered on offense with a team-high 21 points – making all his seven charities, on top of four boards, and four assists in 37 minutes.

“That's just all execution, being patient, and getting our assists,” he explained. “You can see a lot of people scored in double digits today so we're really sharing the ball, everyone is getting involved, and most importantly, we're getting involved in defense. It all starts in our defense.”

And his effort on both ends was not lost on coach Tim Cone.

“I thought we defended Onuaku well and Greg did a great defensive job all-game long,” the champion coach said. “His teammates were there to help him, but still, it started from Greg.”

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