Greg Slaughter hoping for balanced Kings attack against Road Warriors as they try to catch last bus to playoffs
Greg Slaughter is hoping to extend their season, although their chances also depend on the result of the Meralco-Kia game. Jerome Ascano

GREG Slaughter hopes Ginebra could come up with another balanced attack as the Kings gun for the remaining playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup when they take on also-ran NLEX on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Still recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him early in the conference, the towering Gin Kings slotman contributed just nine points on a dismal 2-of-10 shooting, seven boards, and one block in 24 minutes in their 120-98 rout of Barako Bull last Wednesday.

But for once, Slaughter hardly sulked about his sub-par individual showing as six Gin Kings, led by super subs Eman Monfrot and Rodney Brondial, apart from import Orlando Johnson, scored in double figures in the blowout victory.

And Slaughter doesn’t mind if he keeps putting up paltry numbers as long as the powerhouse team gets production from the rest and score a win that would put one foot inside the quarterfinal circle of eight.

“All that matters is the win,” Slaughter told “We’re too talented and too loaded that it could be anyone’s night.”

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. with the Gin Kings (4-6) seeking to get past a Road Warriors side (3-7) that is trying to finish its campaign on a bright note.

The Gin Kings’ chances, though, also depend largely on the earlier matchup between Kia and Meralco at 4:15 p.m.

The Kings, Carnival (4-6), and idle Talk ‘N Text (5-6) are the three teams fighting for the remaining quarterfinal spot up for grabs as the Bolts (5-5) have virtually clinched a berth owing to a superior quotient over the other playoff aspirants.

A win by the Bolts rewards the Tropang Texters the eighth and last playoff spot, eliminating Ginebra and Kia.

But a win by the Carnival will forge a four-way tie from seventh to 10 spots among Kia, Meralco, TNT, and Ginebra.

That would eliminate TNT and give the Gin Kings a chance to advance, depending on who has the better quotient between them and the Carnival.

“We just got to do what we can and of what we can control and hope it goes our favor,” Slaughter said. “All we can do is win and hopefully win as big a cushion as we can.”

But the Gin Kings have to be wary of the Kwame Alexander-led Road Warriors, who are coming off 102-89 overtime win over fellow expansion Blackwater in a match where they overhauled a late double-digit deficit to pull off the win in extra session.


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