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Slaughter "feels great" to be back

Greg Slaughter's comeback helped Ginebra barge to the win column. PBA Media Bureau

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN--A month before the PBA Commissioner's Cup, Greg Slaughter said that he is ready for the said conference.

However, he needed one more month before he can finally swing back to action.

On Friday night at the Alonte Sports Arena, it finally happened.

"It feels great to be running out there with the guys. It's a lot of fun," Slaughter told reporters.

The seven-foot beanpole from Cebu got a start in his PBA comeback, but it was evident at the get-go that he missed the game for three months.

"I gotta work again in better shape 'coz, you know, [in a] few moments out there, I was kinda catching my breath a little too hard," admitted Slaughter, who suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for the Philippine Cup semifinals. "I'm not in shape yet. I need to work on that on the next couple of weeks—at the All-Star break, so I still have time to get in shape."

Regarding the ankle, he said, "I feel pretty good on my ankle. There's just a little discomfort sometimes."

As it turned out, his return was what Ginebra needed as the team finally scored a win in the Commissioner's Cup against lowly Blackwater.

[Related Story: Ginebra romps Blackwater for first win]

And he credited Kevin Ferrer and Charles Garcia for the victory.

"You know, Kevin was really digging. Chuck really showed a lot of people what he can do. This is an all-around team effort and it was great," added Slaughter, who finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

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