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Ginebra welcomes KIA to the PBA via a 32-point beatdown

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Ginebra officially introduced KIA to the PBA via a 32-point thrashing. Their towers of power, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, once again led Ginebra to another victory. Slaughter finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and shooting an efficient 12/13 from the free throw line.

KIA kept the game close early on, even able to take a brief lead, 20-19 thanks to a 9-0 run sparked by Rudy Lingganay at the start of the second quarter.

That was as close as they got to victory, as Slaughter, Aguilar, and Joseph Yeo ignited a 24-2 Ginebra run that extinguished any hope for a KIA victory. The second quarter ended with a 21-point lead for Ginebra, 43-22.

Reil Cervantes and Lingganay tried to bring KIA back into the game, as they scored their team’s first 11 points of the third, but Slaughter continued to display his dominance, extending the lead even further at the end of the quarter, 67-42.

The fourth quarter saw Ginebra bring out its bench, giving their starters their well-deserved rest. Despite this, KIA was still unable to cut through the lead. The second unit of Ginebra was still able to outscore KIA, 20-13 during the fourth. KIA eventually succumbed, 87-55.

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