JAPETH Aguilar admitted Barangay Ginebra failed to stay focused that led to an 89-80 loss to Star in Game Five of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday.
The Kings engaged the Hotshots in a close first half until suddenly they played without discipline starting the third period.
For the 6-foot-9 Aguilar it was the beginning of the end for the league's most popular ballclub.
"We kind of veered away from what we're doing in the first half," he pointed out.
But he's not taking anything away from the Hotshots, who now moved on the cusp of making the finals for the first time in the post-Tim Cone era with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"Again ang ganda rin naman ng nilalaro ng Star. They made some tough shots and wala, hindi namin sila na-stop," said the lanky big man.
Aguilar was the lone bright spot for Ginebra on this night, the only Ginebra player in double figures with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting, on top of four rebounds.
But he never scored in the second half as Cone opted to rely on his second unit especially in the fourth period when the Kings tried to make a desperate run to turn things around.
In as much as he personally wanted to come back inside the court, Aguilar saif he respects Cone's decision.
"I was just relying on Coach Tim. The best decision is his, and ready lang naman ako," he said.