PBA Fastbreak: Ginebra turns the tables on San Mig Coffee
The Best: How about some awesome defense from the top-seeded Kings against the number one defensive team in the entire league? Ginebra held the Mixers to a tie for their season-low in points (SMC also scored 64 in a December 11 loss to Meralco), and their worst losing margin so far in the conference. The Kings utilized a suffocating 2-3 zone to limit the Mixers to under 34% FG shooting. Starters PJ Simon, James Yap, Mark Barroca, and Joe Devance combined to shoot 16/45 from the floor.
The Worst: Aside from shooting terribly, coach Tim Cone’s wards also lost the battle on the boards — and badly, too! Ginebra utilized its size advantage to the hilt, outrebounding SMC, 55-32. Nobody on the San Mig quintet grabbed more than 5 rebounds, and that was James Yap! Usual reliables Marc Pingris, Yancy De Ocampo, Rafi Reavis, and Joe Devance totaled only 11 rebounds. That’s four guys standing 6’5 or taller being outrebounded by rookie Greg Slaughter, who collared 12 boards.
Greg the Overlander: Speaking of Greg, the top overall pick in the 2013 PBA Draft had one of his best outings of the season so far, dropping 21 points on 8/11 FG shooting on top of the aforementioned dozen caroms, 1 assist, and 1 block. He scored 15 points in the first half alone, helping Ginebra to a commanding 16-point bulge at the break. Needless to say, the Mixers could never recover from that. Slaughter’s awesome play made up for the subpar production of frontline partner Japeth Aguilar, whose 7-point, 4-rebound line was his worst since recording just 6 points and 5 rebounds against TNT on January 19. - Rappler.com