After being dropped by KIA Picanto to make room for fellow big man Russel Escoto, Prince Caperal had a fairy-tale like moment as Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel wasted no time in signing him up to reinforce the crowd darling’s frontline currently decimated by injuries.
The Gin Kings lost not only one but three key big man down the stretch, making winning a bit harder as evidenced by their win-loss record to kick-off the conference.
They started out with back-to-back wins against Magnolia and GlobalPort before going on a tailspin against Blackwater, Alaska and Phoenix. The team momentarily went through something positive with a rousing win over sister team and three-time defending champion San Miguel before going back to the losing track with lousy defeat against NLEX.
While the team was able to pull off victories against top teams San Miguel and Magnolia, they also absorbed losses to teams with losing records, namely Blackwater, Phoenix and NLEX.
The struggle is real for the back-to-back Governors’ Cup champions and coach Tim Cone is hoping to address the gaping hole in the middle by recruiting the 24-year old product of Arellano University.
And this early, it looks like the league’s winning-est coach won’t go home disappointed.
“I like him a lot ever since, but I liked him even more seeing him in practice. He fits our style. He fits my type of big men. He can play the four or the five. And he’s big enough and strong enough to guard a guy like Greg Slaughter or a June Mar Fajardo. But he’s got perimeter big man skills,” a beaming Cone narrated.
“So between him and Raymond Aguilar, I think we’ve got a couple of really good big men backups that we trust to come out and play,” Cone added.