The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 6:45 P.M. on April 29, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The PBA crowd favorite are set to start its 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign this evening and their opponent the Elasto Painters are looking to start a winning streak.
Due to unavailability of Justin Brownlee and the height disadvantage of Shane Edwards, finally coach Tim Cone made his decision and settled for a 6’10” 230lbs import. Charles Garcia will be the foreign hire who will suit up for the Gin Kings this second conference.
“When we first contracted Shane Edwards, we believed Greg would be healthy and available to play, and Shane could play alongside him,” said Cone. “But with Greg’s injury, we feel that we need someone to replace Greg rather than play alongside him.”
However, apart from Slaughter’s injury, Jervy Cruz and Paolo Taha will be also sidelined in tonight’s game also due to their respective injuries.
“We’re all looking forward to getting this conference started. Granted, Greg (Slaughter), Jervy (Cruz) and Paolo (Taha) are out and our import is having a hard time adjusting to the heat and humidity, but the rest of the guys are ready and excited to go,” said Cone.
The Elasto Painters lost three times to Ginebra back in the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup. In this import-laden conference, it seems that the Elasto Painters got the edge versus the “Never-Say-Die” team.
The newly formed cast of its famous “Extra Rice Inc.” led by Beau Belga and its import Reggie Johnson appeared to be formidable. It’s evident when Rain or Shine played an exciting game against the Alaska Aces just two nights ago.
Johnson registered 32 points and 22 rebounds in his first appearance in the league.
“He’s a good import. He gives us the post presence and makes nice reads (of plays),” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia.