Ginebra's Greg Slaughter tries to find his way through the defense of GlobalPort's Jondan Salvador. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA (UPDATED) - Greg Slaughter pulled off a double-double effort against GlobalPort on Tuesday to give Jeffrey Cariaso his first victory as Barangay Ginebra coach.
The Gin Kings, now coached by the former PBA player, outhustled and outgunned the Batang Pier in the second half en route to an easy 89-71 win in the PBA Governors' Cup.
Slaughter was most dominant in the third canto when he joined Zaccheus Mason in controlling the boards to raise Ginebra’s lead to 68-54.
He scored his 12 points in the quarter before winding up with a total of 19 by the end of regulation. The 7-footer also tallied 17 rebounds in 36 minutes of play.
The Gin Kings posted a double-digit lead in the first half but Leroy Hickerson almost singlehandedly pulled the Batang Pier within 39-41 by the end of the second quarter.
Ginebra propped up its defense in the third and the fourth quarters, forcing GlobalPort to bleed for points.
Hickerson eventually finished with 30 for the Batang Pier, which also drew 21 from Alex Cabagnot. The rest of the squad could only manage a total of 20 points.
Mason topscored for the Gin Kings with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Mark Caguioa and Chris Ellis also made significant contributions for Ginebra with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Cariaso said he was pleased to learn that his boys were willing to run the triangle offense he introduced to the team.
"It’s not easy to run, not easy to get disciplined when you feel nothing’s happening. But I’m happy with how the guys play it,” said Cariaso, who used to serve as one of Tim Cone's deputies in San Mig Coffee.
He added that the plays ran perfectly around Slaughter, who was able to provide openings for his team mates.
“Greg is your perfect triangle center. He’s real strong and real big. Obviously there’s a mismatch today and he opened it up for everybody,” Cariaso said on the PBA's website.
Ginebra 89 – Mason 21, Slaughter 19, Caguioa 15, Ellis 10, Aguilar 8, Baracael 7, Monfort 3, Reyes 2, Helterbrand 2, Mamaril 2, Knuttel 0, Tenorio 0, Urbiztondo 0.
GlobalPort 71 – Hickerson 30, Cabagnot 21, Washington 6, Macapagal 5, Salvador 4, Garcia 3, Menk 2, Matias 0, Taha 0, Ponferrada 0, Salva 0.
Quarterscores: 18-14, 41-39, 68-56, 89-71