Slaughter didn't look like a Finals rookie for Ginebra Game 1

Paul Lintag on Oct 13, 2017 10:58 PM
Slaughter didn't look like a Finals rookie for Ginebra
In Game 1 of the Governors' Cup Finals rematch between Ginebra and Meralco, Slaughter came off the bench and made instant impact for the Gin Kings.

LUCENA CITY --- If you didn't know any better, you'd think that Greg Slaughter has a wealth of experience playing PBA Finals games.

However, the towering former no. 1 pick only played his first game in the Finals Friday at the Quezon Convention Center here, and he certainly belonged.

In Game 1 of the Governors' Cup Finals rematch between Ginebra and Meralco, Slaughter came off the bench and made instant impact for the Gin Kings.

Not only did he score 14 points and grab eight rebounds in just 21 and a half minutes of play, he also blocked two shots and changed the course of many others as he served as an near-immovable anchor for the Ginebra defense.

It was a far cry from his first meeting with Meralco this conference where he also scored 14 points but it came in a 78-93 loss.

That was his first game back after 10 months due to injury.

"That was our first game, my first game back. Obviously, it was a big difference, we had to find our chemistry," he said.

"I think that first game, we didn't wanna step on each other's toes. But got a better idea on what we're running now and how we're gonna be there for each other on defense," he added.

Despite playing in the championship round for the first time in his pro career, Slaughter didn't look bothered at all, mainly because he never forced anything.

He stayed true to Ginebra's system and it paid off.

"No, not really [nerves]. I didn't feel too much pressure, we played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part," he said.

However, it would have been better if Greg's first Finals game came under better circumstances. Both the teams in ths series faces a long road back to the city after Game 1.

And there's only one day of break before Game 2 rolls on Sunday at the Big Dome.

But still, it's worth it a little bit more because Greg and Ginebra got the W.

"I'm just glad we got the win. It's kinda tough, you got a long ride home, just glad we're coming back with a win," Slaughter said.

 

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