With Slaughter out, Caperal steps up big for undefeated Ginebra

Prince Caperal has been making the most of the opportunity he’s been given as the backup center carried Barangay Ginebra past Blackwater for a 103-99 victory that propelled them to a 2-0 start in the PBA bubble. 

Caperal led the Gin Kings in the scoring department as he finished with 24 points on a very impressive 5-of-7 shooting from deep on top of 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

“It’s just a matter of opportunity for him. Remember he was backing up Greg (Slaughter) and Japeth (Aguilar),” said Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.

“He was playing behind two centers, so he wasn’t getting much time. Now with Greg not in here, he’s getting an opportunity to show what he can do.”

Caperal, who only scored a total of 41 points last season for the Gin Kings, now already has 35 points across his name in just their first two outings in the Philippine Cup. 

“We knew from day one when we got Prince that he could shoot the ball. He’s always been a good three-point shooter and he’s pretty much lights-out from the three at this point,” said Cone. 

Cone added that Caperal’s 24-point outburst hardly surprised the Gin Kings.

“The fact that he’s shooting well is no surprise to us at all,” he said. “Might be surprising everybody else, but we see him in practice every day.”

Caperal and the Gin Kings look to sustain their fiery start as they face rivals Meralco Bolts on Sunday, October 17 at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga. – Martin Mendoza/Rappler.com