Raymond Aguilar, Cruz fill Slaughter’s big shoes

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the Gin Kings’ “never-say-die” mantra showed and it all started when Cone reached deep in his bag of tricks and found gems in Jervy Cruz and Raymond Aguilar.The two made up for Slaughter’s absence and gave Fajardo all he could handle as Ginebra made a second half rally to take a thrilling 100-96 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the payoff period, while also hauling down seven rebounds, while the seldom-used Aguilar notched 16 markers.The pair knew how important the victory with the Gin Kings snapping their three-game losing slide. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Ross blames refs for free throw confusion: ‘They didn’t intervene’ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina And with Slaughter set to return on Saturday against NLEX, they are confident that Ginebra can once again go back to its old winning ways.“We’re just ready. Whether we get in the game or not, we’re used to it,” said Aguilar.“Raymond and I are ready whenever coach Tim gives us a break. He just told us to just play and stay positive. Now that we’re going to have Greg back, we’re more confident,” Cruz said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Coach Tim was frustrated on us because we’ve already lost three straight games. So we knew we really had to bounce back,” said Cruz.And after that lackluster showing in the first half, Cone no longer needed to say a word for the players to get his message across as the pair stepped up to the plate.“We just worked because we don’t have Greg and we don’t have Joe (Devance), so we have to step up because we’ve already lost three straight. It’s going to hurt more if we still lose to San Miguel,” said Cruz.Aguilar added: “Coach told us next man up. So it was a total team effort from us. We reserves stepped up and we’re lucky that we got the win. We needed this so that we won’t go down the standings and we’re fortunate that we had a good effort on our defense and our shots went in.”Playing stupendously in slaying the reigning three-time Philippine Cup champions, it’s almost a certainty that Aguilar and Cruz will be raring to go whenever Cone calls their numbers.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESWithout Greg Slaughter in Ginebra’s collossal duel against San Miguel on Sunday, coach Tim Cone feared for the worst with June Mar Fajardo primed to dominate his squad’s frontline.That was the case in the first quarter as the Beermen leapt to a 16-point lead, 33-17.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more