Japeth Aguilar refuses to brood after point-blank miss proves costly for Ginebra
Japeth Aguilar misses a wide-open layup late in the first extra time. Jerome Ascano

JAPETH Aguilar expressed disappointment that his huge game on Sunday night didn’t translate into a win for Barangay Ginebra against Phoenix in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Aguilar finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Ginebra but the Gin Kings found themselves on the losing end of a 103-98 double overtime dogfight against the Fuel Masters.

Aguilar said he was sad to see a week of preparation for Phoenix go down the drain as the Gin Kings continued their slide, dropping to 1-3.

“We had a one-week preparation na I really thought we worked hard. Coach Tim (Cone) put us in a hell week. It’s just disappointing na natalo,,” said Aguilar.

Aguilar sent the game to overtime when he buried a triple with 9.1 seconds in regulation but missed a wide-open layup that could've given Ginebra the lead late in the first extra time.

Still, Aguilar refused to mope.

“It happens,” Aguilar said on the missed lay-up. “Nag-mintis ako. Pero it’s not the issue. May mga chances kami in the second overtime. I felt we had some good looks, hindi lang nag-convert."

“We had some crucial turnovers and we kept falling behind. We were playing catch-up. It’s really tough pero we have to look forward and get better, everyone, and look forward to the next game.”

Aguilar vowed to work even harder in practice and get more accustomed to his new role outside the post area as Cone opts for a Triple-Tower frontline with Greg Slaughter and Charles Garcia.

“I’ll work hard every day in practice. I'll go 100 percent. We will see. Nag-aadjust din ako sa bago kong position. Usually, I’m on the post, guys will just move around. Now, I’ve got to do stuff. Ang exciting part, I’m taking it as a challenge to add something to my game,” said Aguilar.

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