Greg Slaughter bummed to see months of hard work go down the drain after freak accident
Greg Slaughter and frontline partner Japeth Aguilar were reduced into spectators by injuries during Ginebra's debut game against Alaska on Friday night. Jaime Campos

GREG Slaughter could not help but feel helpless as he sat on the sidelines and witnessed Barangay Ginebra bow to Alaska, 108-99, on Friday night in their PBA Governors’ Cup debut.

The Gin Kings’ slotman was out with a bone chip in his right ankle after he stepped on the foot of teammate Dorian Peña near the end of the Kings’ practice two days before their opening game in the season-ending conference.

Slaughter, who joined the other half of the Kings’ twin towers in Japeth Aguilar on the injured list, rued suffering a setback at the last minute after they’ve been training for over a month.

“We were working for so long and just to get injured right before the opening game is kind of disappointing,” Slaughter told after the game.

“So I just have to stay positive and try to get back as fast as I can,” added the soft-spoken big man, who wore a protective boot on his foot.

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More than their absence making a difference, Slaughter believes the Kings dug themselves too deep a hold to climb out of against the Aces, although they made a comeback behind a running game that saw them take a 22-6 edge in fastbreak points.

“I just think we had a slow start, but the guys fought back real hard,” the 6-foot-11 slotman said.

Slaughter said he will have a checkup on Monday to know the extent of his injury and get a better idea on when he can return.

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