Barangay Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter hardly showed any slowing down after helping tow the Gin Kings to a back-to-back championship in the Governors’ Cup last season as he showcased solid performances in two straight games to earn the nod as the PBA Press Corps’ Player of the Week.
Slaughter immediately made his presence known in the PBA’s new season by banging in 24 points and hauled 12 rebounds on top of 4 blocks to lead Ginebra to an 89-78 victory over long-time rival Magnolia in the Manila Clasico on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
The former Ateneo big man is no doubt, Ginebra’s main weapon inside the paint, as he used his size and length over his shorter Magnolia defenders to lead the Kings to their eighth straight Christmas Day win. Ginebra has only lost once in 11 Christmas Day games.
The 6-11 Slaughter then continued his dominant showing despite coming off a long holiday break after flirting with a double-double—scoring 18 points and adding 9 boards, while making his presence felt on the defensive end with 5 blocks as Ginebra squeaked past GlobalPort, 104-97 last Sunday, January 7.
Slaughter’s impressive performances to start the season rewarded him the weekly citation, beating a number of candidates led by teammate LA Tenorio, Phoenix gunner Matthew Wright, rookie Jason Perkins and big man Doug Kramer, TNT’s Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Mo Tautuaa, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot as well as Blackwater’s Mike DiGregorio and Mac Belo.
Ginebra will be gunning for its third straight win in the Philippine Cup when it battles Blackwater this Friday, January 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena.