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Austria on Fajardo's quiet night: "Greg Slaughter was able to get back on him"

Junemar Fajardo could not help but just look at Greg Slaughter as he slams the ball in. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--For Coach Leo Austria, at least for one night, Greg Slaughter played like he is the Best Player of the Conference for the PBA Commissioner's Cup and not Junemar Fajardo.

The seven-foot behemoth of Ginebra, who is actually the reigning Best Player of the Conference for the Governors' Cup, stomped his might early into Game 4 of the conference finals against San Miguel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, making 17 of his 19 points in the first half on 7-of-8 shooting.

The 6-foot-10 big Beerman, on the other hand, only had 15 points the entire game, which took place right after he captured his seventh BPC plum.

"It seems na Greg Slaughter was able to get back on him," said Austria.

Slaughter's early domination, coupled by another monster game from Justin Brownlee, catapulted the Barangay to a 130-100 blowout against the Beermen.

Austria hopes it will serve a lesson to his squad.

"It's a good wake-up call for everybody," he continued.

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