Greg Slaughter, Sol Mercado make timely return for streaking Brgy. Ginebra

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Barangay Ginebra could only be meaner and tougher on the return of Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado.

Rain or Shine, meanwhile, has to dig deep as the Elasto Painters wait for answers on the disappearance of ace center Raymond Almazan.

Odds are stacked heavily on Ginebra’s side as the rampaging Kings tangle with the struggling Elasto Painters in a PBA Governors Cup Petron Blaze Saturday Special at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.

Game time is at 5 p.m. with Kings to zero in on a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals while the Elasto Painters are still in search of a first win in five outings.

Leading the race for the Top Four with a 7-1 win-loss card, the reigning Governors Cup back-to-back champs hope to get going as they close out their elims stint against Rain or Shine Saturday, versus Magnolia on Oct. 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and opposite TNT KaTropa on Nov. 4 also at the Big Dome.

The Kings will have a big advantage in roster power as they welcome back Slaughter and Mercado while the E-Painters wonder on Almazan’s whereabouts.