Barangay Ginebra continues its hot start after beating Rain or Shine 97-84. The Gin Kings downed another powerhouse team, validating itself as one of the teams to beat this conference.
Mark Caguioa led Ginebra with 22 points while LA Tenorio tallied almost another triple double with 10 points, nine boards, eight assists and five steals. The biggest difference however, was the big guys. Top overall pick Greg Slaughter had another double-double performance with 18 points 13 rebounds and three blocks, while high flying Japeth Aguilar finished with 19 points 10 boards two swats and two monster dunks that brought the Ginebra crowd on its feet.
Ginebra once again went on a blistering start thanks to their starting unit. Their starting five let loose a barrage of shots and ended with 29 1st quarter points compared to ROS’ 19. They ran their plays and sets to perfection and the team looked like a veteran group that has been playing together for years.
Keys of the game:
Control the paint
They did not just control the paint, they OWNED the paint in this game. They outrebounded ROS 53-45, had a total of five blocks and all ROS players not named Ryan Araña seemed to change their shot everytime they drove into the paint. They also had 12 2nd chance points compared to only six of the Elasto Painters. The duo of Aguilar and Slaughter provided that inside presence as they tallied a combined of 37 points 23 boards five block shots and three dunks, while owning the defensive end of the court for most of the game.
Find the open man
Ginebra (led by Tenorio) did do a great job of finding the open man in this game. They tallied 23 assists as a team, continuously rotating the ball and finding the open man. At the end of it all, the team’s shooting clip of 56.9% from the 2-pt area was a clear testament to their efficiency and patience on the offensive end.
Surprise it is
I’m putting Mark Caguioa here. There are many of the us, including myself, that was not surprised by his performance, but it’s his shot selection that caught my attention in this game. The Spark shot 9/13 from the field on his way to 22 points but, none of his shots looked forced and this was as throwback of a performance by Caguioa as we can get.
Maybe he was challenged by the comparisons that people have been making about him and Romeo, or maybe it was matching up against another up and coming perimeter scorer in Paul Lee. Whatever it was, the Barangay was definitely happy to have witnessed such a performance from Caguioa.
Btw, he broke out a sick crossover against Paul Lee in this game.
Greg Slaughter vs. Beau Belga
Greg held his own against the veteran big guy. He scored 18 points grabbed 13 boards and swatted 3 shots in another solid performance. Belga on the other hand, was clearly bothered by Greg’s length as he finished with only eight points and four rebounds. Next up for Greg? Eric Menk.