Greg Slaughter warns Ginebra to brace for strong SMB bounce back in Game 2

Despite Barangay Ginebra’s confidence-boosting 115-108 win over defending champion San Miguel Beer to draw first blood in their PBA Governors Cup semifinals, injured big man Greg Slaughter said the Kings haven’t achieved anything yet.

Watching from behind the bench, Slaughter is happy to see Ginebra spring back to life to compete its come-from-behind win despite a sluggish start in the series-opening game.

“It’s a really good win, but that’s (San Miguel) a team you can’t take lightly. It’s just one game,” Slaughter told the press after the game on Monday.

Ginebra can zoom to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series when the Kings face San Miguel anew on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-11 slotman though stressed that San Miguel is still the reigning Governors Cup champion, and it’s a given fact that the Beermen just won’t easily surrender their crown that easy.

“Everyone knows we have to bring it harder because San Miguel, being the championship team, they are going to come back stronger the next game,” he added.

The former PBA Rookie of the Year also admitted missing the games, just two weeks after suffering a partial tear on his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee in the team’s win against Mahindra.

But Slaughter refused to be affected by his second major injury in four months, calling it as a mere “setback”.

“It’s killing me and I wish I could be out there especially after how hard I worked to come back,” Slaughter said, who had ankle surgery last May, which forced him to miss a huge chunk of the elimination round this conference.

“And then when I was feeling good, then another injury just came in from nowhere. But it’s just a setback. It’s not the end.  I know I just have to keep progressing, and when I do come back, I know I’ll be where I want to be.”

Slaughter said his right knee is still swollen, while he has yet to decide if he’ll undergo surgery. – Richard Dy

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