Cone, Brownlee praise struggling Slaughter for defensive effort against Magnolia

Brgy. Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter had a forgettable offensive night against Manila Clasico rival Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 31-year old 7-footer could only manage 2 points on a miserable 1 of 6 shooting from the field to go along with 6 rebounds, 1 block and 5 turnovers in 17 minutes of play.

Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone, however, still had good words for the 1st overall pick in the 2013 rookie draft.

“Best I’ve seen Greg defend in quite a while. He looks motivated on the defensive end. I just can’t explain why and how big a bonus that is for us when Greg plays defense like that,” said Cone.

“Going out and guarding guards, he blocked Paul Lee’s jump shot from the corner, I mean, he was just a real active big man defender. And he is really taking the challenge. Really appreciate that part of the game for him,” added the former Magnolia and Alaska mentor.

Justin Brownlee, the reigning Best Import of the conference who had a career-best 49 points in the match, also lauded Slaughter’s role in the team’s pick-and-roll defensive scheme.

“I think everybody came out and not necessarily had their best game but I think everybody came out and showed great effort. Like Greg didn’t play as well offensively but he did an incredible job of guarding the pick and roll and helping us defensively,” said Brownlee.

Brgy. Ginebra is currently in a tie for 3rd place with Blackwater with a 6-4 card and will close out its elimination round sked against Columbian on Sunday, July 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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