“Everybody was talking about that big guy Greg, he was soft.”
This was Rain or Shine import Pierre Henderson-Niles’ comment on Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Greg Slaughter after a Painters’ practice session on Saturday.
Prior to taking on San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Henderson-Niles went up against Slaughter in the quarterfinals.
Greg Slaughter, the team’s 7-foot-tall center, led the statistical race for Best Player of the Conference Award throughout eliminations. The Gin Kings had a spectacular run until they crossed paths with the Elasto Painters and their import.
Slaughter had an average of 18.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and only 1.5 turnovers per game in the elimination round. His numbers went awry in the two games he played against the E-Painters in the quarterfinals, with only 12 points and 7 rebounds, and double the turnovers.
The Painters won against the Gin Kings in the best-of-three series. Now, Henderson-Niles is psyched to be up against Fajardo in a best of five duel starting on Sunday.
“We’re going to see what this battle (against Fajardo) is all about.” on Saturday after the Painters wrapped up their practice session.
The E-Painters lost to the Beermen in Philippine Cup Final Four, where Fajardo wreaked havoc.
“Not this year,” Henderson-Niles proclaimed, “they’re going to have a problem.”
“We got a better team (this conference), a better big man, a bigger big man, a stronger big man,” he added.
The RoS coach Yeng Guiao hopes the player lives up to his word.
“There are some things that are different now: we have a big man as an import,” Guiao said.
“We’re hoping our perennial matchup problem with Fajardo is less emphasized in this series. Every time that we play San Miguel, we’ve always had problems with their size, so we’re hoping that size differential is not as big a factor now when we have Henderson-Niles.”