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Return to triangle offense proves fruitful for Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings have had tremendous success over the past few conferences, even after they veered away from the triangle offense that is often the hallmark of a Tim Cone squad.

Instead, with Greg Slaughter lost to an injury since last season's Governor's Cup, the Gin Kings favored a faster style of play that featured few post-ups. It resulted in a title in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, a Finals appearance in the 2017 Philippine Cup, and a semifinals finish in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Barangay Ginebra went back to the triangle offense against GlobalPort. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
Yet Ginebra – and Cone – will never abandon the triangle offense completely. Against GlobalPort on Sunday, they ran their old triangle sets once more, and it resulted in a 124-108 rout. Slaughter, now back from injury, came off the bench to score 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting to power the Gin Kings to their first win in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.

The Gin Kings made "a lot of adjustments" after losing their first game of the conference to Meralco, according to Cone. The biggest of these was to return to the triangle offense, which allowed them to maximize Slaughter's advantages.

"The triangle is such a great post offense," Cone explained. "Our bigs need the ball, and they need to be in position. They need to get the ball down low and have an opportunity to score, and that's what the triangle is good at."

"It rewards the post guys."

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/31/17/return-to-triangle-offense-proves-fruitful-for-ginebra

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