FOR rookie Greg Slaughter, Ginebra’s bruising encounter with the back-against-the-wall San Mig Super Coffee offered him a valuable lesson as far as physical plays in the PBA is concerned.
The 6-foot-11 Ginebra center admitted having been pushed and bullied in the paint by the shorter but tougher San Mig big men that held him to just six rebounds in the King’s 83-79 loss in front of a crowd of 20,596 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night.
“It was a really physical game today. Sometimes, they’ll (Mixers) just be facing straight up and pushing us with two hands and we didn’t get the calls,” Slaughter said after a game that saw the Gin Kings lose the battle off the boards, 39-62.
"But that’s how the game goes. We just have to adapt," the former Ateneo star added.
The loss was only the second for the Kings in the PLDT myDSL-Philippine Cup, but they stayed on top of the standings despite seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end.
Slaughter though finds solace in the fact that Ginebra still has three games to go in its schedule and has a huge chance of locking up the top spot and earning a twice-to-beat incentive should it win them all.
“We’ didn’t really feel that bad. We still got three more games and we can still finish in first place. We’ll just take this loss and learn from it, we’re still No. 1 thankfully, and we’ll try to finish strong and be the No. 1 for the playoffs,” he added.
With Ginebra getting a weeklong respite before swinging back to action against Barako Bull on Saturday, the top pick overall in this year's rookie draft vowed to bounce back strong in the next game.
“I think I didn’t do a good job on the rebounds and finished with just six. I’ll try to bounce back in the next games,” he said.