With only Greg Slaughter missing from the team that won the 2019 Governors’ Cup crown, Brgy. Ginebra is going into battle in the 2020 Philippine Cup restart with a battle-tested roster aching to end their 13-year title drought in the league’s most prestigious conference.
“Greg Slaughter is not on the list and will not play in the bubble. Otherwise, we are an intact team from the last championship back in January,” said head coach Tim Cone.
The Gin Kings will parade rookies Arvin Tolentino, Jerrick Balanza and Kent Salado who, incidentally, will take over the spots of Slaughter, Teytey Teodoro and Julian Sargent.
Back for another tour of duty with the league’s most popular squad are Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Stanley Pringle, Joe Devance, Aljon Mariano, Jeff Chan, Jared Dillinger, Arthur dela Cruz, Prince Caperal, Raymond Aguilar and 40-year old Mark “The Spark” Caguioa.
“I think our guys are excited about getting back to playing, although there is a sense of trepidation because we’re not 100% sure what to expect. We do know it is going to be a grind being away from family and sequestered in the bubble,” said Cone.
“We will do everything we can to keep our guys mentally healthy. Still, there’s a championship to pursue which is the crown jewel, the All-Filipino, and there is huge motivation in that,” he added.