Barangay Ginebra is coming off a dominating performance against Barako Bull and they’re now up against a confident  Rain or Shine squad who gave Alaska a 51-point beating in their last outing. Ginebra is looking to join Talk N’ Text at the top of the standings while ROS tries to get into the thick of the fight for the top four teams who will all have twice to beat advantage come playoff time.

Keys to the Game

Control The Pace

What makes Rain or Shine dangerous now (aside from their terrific shooting from behind the arc) is their ability to convert on almost every fastbreak attempt. They thrive with their running game and will look to run every chance they get. In their last 4 games, ROS has averaged 14 fastbreak attempts and 21.7 fastbreak points per game. Every player of that ROS squad is dangerous during those transition plays after a steal or defensive stop (heck even Beau Belga had a fastbreak play against Alaska).



Vs GBP (W)

16 28

Vs TNT (L)

13 15

Vs BAR (W)

14 22

Vs ALA (W)

13 22

In their game against Alaska, they were able to disrupt the triangle offense of the Aces by clogging the passing lanes. They were able to deny entry passes to the post that allowed them to run in transition. This might pose a problem for Ginebra if they suffer the same mistakes of Alaska. If the Kings’ want to win this one, as much as possible they should play in their own pace and halt the Painters whenever they start to run.

In their last four games, Rain or Shine has averaged 104.7 points per game. While on the other hand, Ginebra is currently number one in defense this conference, allowing their opponents just 80.2 points per game. Will Yeng Guiao’s squad be able to surpass that 80.2 mark or will they be another victim to Ginebra’s impressive defense?

Own the Paint

It’s no secret that Ginebra has arguably the most imposing frontline in the league today. Led by Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, the Kings’ so called Twin Towers have been instrumental to Ginebra’s success this season. But, going up against height has never been a problem for the Elasto Painters, who’s tough and gritty big men have been able to hold off if not neutralize any frontline that they battle against.



Vs GBP (W)

60 (22) 32 (13)

Vs MER (W)

57 (18) 48 (15)

Vs AIR21 (W)

46 (11) 52 (18)

Vs SMC (L)

42 (15) 47 (15)

Vs BAR (W)

67 (18) 45 (13)

Aside from the noticeable improvement in their rebounding, Ginebra has also done a better job protecting the paint with an impressive 5.8 blocks per game, courtesy of Slaughter, Aguilar, and Mason.







Vs AIR21






The point of emphasizing these statistics is that, if Ginebra wants to win against Rain or Shine they must able to replicate their work in the paint in their past games. Clearly the Kings’ have a taller frontline and though Beau Belga has always been a problem in the past, ROS is still missing the services of JR Quiñahan. The absence of the other half of Extra Rice Inc. has forced Belga to fill in for him every night and it has taken a toll on his performance. Ginebra should take advantage of this, finish their defensive possessions, crash the boards for extra possessions, and protect the paint against Rain or Shine’s slashers.

Key Match-Up

Greg Slaughter vs Beau Belga/ROS Frontline

Another tough night for Gregzilla. (Photo Credit: Nuki Sabio,

Another tough night for Gregzilla. (Photo Credit: Nuki Sabio,

The top overall pick this year is having his best conference yet with averages of 15 points, 12.4 rebounds, & 1.6 blocks per game and has been an important factor in each of Ginebra’s wins. Whether he could dominate and accomplish these against Beau Belga and the rest of Rain or Shine’s frontline is a whole different story. In the past, the Elasto Painters’ crafty head coach Yeng Guiao has found ways to effectively stop and neutralize Slaughter, mostly by having the wide-bodied Belga on him on the defensive end. But there have been big improvements in Slaughter’s game this conference and everyone is counting on him to finally solve and take down Belga.