BARANGAY Ginebra is out to pick up from where it left off last season.
The Kings will be looking for a fitting follow-up to their successful PBA Governors Cup title run by setting their sight on winning their first Philippine Cup crown since the 2006-07 season.
And the franchise is looking to do that behind an almost-intact core that has gotten younger and more athletic with the addition of two rookies and a versatile wingman acquired through an offseason trade.
As gathered by SPIN.ph, back for another tour of duty with the league’s most popular ballclub are LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Sol Mercado, Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Chris Ellis, Japeth Aguilar, Jervy Cruz, Joe Devance Dave Marcelo, and Aljhon Mariano, all of which were part of the Kings team that beat Meralco in six games for the season-ending conference title.
Added to the lineup is Gilas cadet pick Kevin Ferrer, draft picks Jammer Jamito and Jericho De Guzman, along with new acquisition Paolo Taha, who came on board following the trade with Mahindra for Frank Bonifacio and Denice Villamor.
All of them make up the initial 15-man lineup submitted by the Kings to the league office. But per league ruling, teams can still alter their official roster 24 hours before their game,
Greg Slaughter, still recovering from an ACL injury, has been put on the injury-reserved list, while Nico Salva will likely join him on the list pending a contract offer from the Kings.