Greg Slaughter believes defense, more than anything else, spelled difference for Ginebra
“You can’t always rely on your offense, but you can rely on your defense,” says Greg Slaughter after Ginebra held Meralco to 31 percent shooting in their Binan game. Jerome Ascano

WHILE Ginebra was more disciplined in its offensive execution, Greg Slaughter believes its performance on the defensive end that spelled the biggest difference in a 89-64 victory over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday night.

The Gin Kings reaped the rewards of the triangle offnese, as shown by another solid showing by the team’s twin towers Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar who scored 18 points each while gaining significant contribution from their guards.

But Slaughter stressed their defense was more noteworthy as they held the Bolts to a paltry 31 percent (24-of-78) shooting from the field.

“I don’t think we’re there yet, but I think we were more disciplined today (on executing the triangle), but I think we did a really good job on defense,” the Gin Kings’ star slotman said.

“You can’t always rely on your offense, but you can rely on your defense,” he added. “If you just don’t let the other team score, they can’t beat you.”

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The Gin Kings simply clicked on both ends on Tuesday, the 6-11 slotman said.

“We were able to dictate the tempo today,” Slaughter said. “We’re happy with that, but we can’t be satisfied.”

Nico Salva provided the biggest offensive spark, scoring 11 points, including two triples, in 17 minutes.

“That’s what we’ve been looking for,” Slaughter said. “We had people stepping up and hitting shots. I think we were very balanced today.”

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