Barangay Ginebra made their Governor’s Cup debut using the triangle offense under Coach Jeff Cariaso and won its first assignment led by rookie Greg Slaughter and veteran gunner Mark Caguioa, beating Globalport 89-71.
The Kings only had a two point lead at the half, with Globalport import Leroy Hickerson explodeding for 16 points to lead the Batang Pier. Fortunately for the Kings, Z-Mason scored 21 points along with Slaughter’s 19 proved too much as Ginebra kept their lead at a strong double digit margin to end the game.
Keys to the Games
Control The Paint
Ginebra’s tall frontline proved that they are a force to reckoned with as the Kings outrebounded GBP 60-32. Mason and Slaughter combined for 12 offensive rebounds as they exploded for 22 second chance points (OREB% of 27% and 20.8% respectively). They also had 4 blocks and held Globalport’s FG% to just 35.2% (25 of 71 shots).
Connect From Behind the Arc
The Kings refrained from taking ill-advised 3 point shots (like they did last conference), and instead took only wide open shots (except for that last second heave by Mark Caguioa from the top of the key). In the end, they shot a decent 33.3% from 3 point range.
As expected, after playing with the triangle system for the first time, Ginebra had 21 turnovers (19.8% TOV) as opposed to Globalport’s 10 turnovers. But Coach Jeff Cariaso assured that this is because the team is still uncomfortable and adjusting to playing with the triangle. Expect those turnovers to decrease once they get the feel and make more accurate passeswithin the flow of the offense.
Gregzilla taking over
Slaughter showed once again why he was the no.1 of pick of the rookie draft this year as he had another monster game: 19 points (TS% of 48.2%) 17 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Throughout the game, Slaughter took advantage of Globalport’s smaller frontline as he dominated Taha and Salvador in the post.
Knowing Your Role
Mason might not be as experienced as Leroy Hickerson when it comes to professional basketball, but Ginebra’s reinforcement knew exactly what his role in the team was. He only had “only” 21 points, but had 15 rebounds (7 offensive) and dished out 4 assists with 2 blocks. Mason showed that he is willing to share the ball and he showed a tough and gritty defense that should continue to inspire the Barangay.
Because of early foul trouble, Japeth Aguilar was a non-factor in this game. He only had 8 points to go along with 6 rebounds before fouling out early in the 4th quarter. The high-flying forward was just starting to feel his touch in the perimeter when he had three quick fouls while guarding Globalport reinforcement Leroy Hickerson. Aguilar allowed his frustrations to get into him during the game (his 5th and 6th were definitely frustration fouls). Everyone’s looking for him to get out of this slump and right now, he’s the only person who can help himself get out of this funk.
Ginebra’s next game is on Saturday against the Meralco Bolts. Expect a better showing as the team gets more acclimated with the Triangle offense.