PBA Season 43 Preview: A giant returns for Ginebra in PH Cup

first_img“We’re hoping that we can replace Joe with the addition of Art, and you know the thing he does,” said Cone. “We feel positive, Greg gives us an edge, but no matter how great we are on paper we have to bring that to the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Head Coach: Tim ConeKey Players: LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Scottie ThompsonKey Additions: Jett Manuel, Art dela CruzKey Losses: Jayjay HelterbrandADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The giant is back and Barangay Ginebra is immediately thrust into the title conversation of the Philippine Cup.And head coach Tim Cone is nothing short of excited for his tandem of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar to tower over the competition and get a crack at the league’s most dominant presence in San Miguel and four-time champion June Mar Fajardo.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 folkSlaughter, who stands at 7-feet, is the only person bigger than the 6-foot-10 Fajardo and paired with the 6-foot-9 Aguilar forms Ginebra’s twin towers in the post.“We’re the only team that has those two types of guys, of course San Miguel has June Mar and [Christian] Standhardinger coming, and you know we’re the only ones right now with that in the All-Filipino,” said Cone. For three straight years, San Miguel has reigned supreme in the Philippine Cup that began with the 4-3 Beeracle over Alaska but Ginebra is hell-bent on stopping that monopoly.Ginebra finished second in the last Philippine Cup after the Beermen walloped the Gin Kings 4-1 in the seven-game series.Cone, however, believes with Slaughter back and an intact lineup the Gin Kings will be able to get over that hump.Apart from Ginebra’s frontcourt presence, the Gin Kings have another tandem in LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson who provide genius playmaking both in the halfcourt and transition sets.Ginebra also has Art Dela Cruz who can provide added playmaking in the small forward position, the role the injured Joe Devance has.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members View commentslast_img read more