JAPETH Aguilar could not help but be upset as another solid individual showing went to waste after Barangay Ginebra lost to Star, 89-82, in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night.
Arguably the Gin Kings’ most consistent local this conference, the athletic forward registered 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting and missed a double-double by one rebound while adding two blocks in 32 minutes.
“I’m very disappointed kasi nasayang yung effort namin,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar was a key to the Gin Kings’ comeback, scoring 11 of his output in the third quarter, including a short stab with a little over seven minutes to go that completed a 25-point turnaround.
But the Hotshots eventually regained the lead thanks to a trademark defense that translated into offense.
Aguilar pointed to their inexperience and their tendency to abandon coach Frankie Lim’s system as the factors that did them in.
“Feeling ko late nung game, hindi namin in-execute yung play,” Aguilar said. “Medyo napunta kami sa individual offense. And unlike Purefoods that’s a very experienced team, 'yun pa ang kulang sa amin.”
Lim declined to grant an interview after the game.
“It’s a frustrating loss, but we’re going to bounce back from this,” said Aguilar, who could still see some positives in the defeat, especially during the rally that started midway through the second quarter.
“We were making stops and then we were pushing the ball,” the soft-spoken forward added as the Gin Kings edged the Hotshots in fastbreak points, 13-4.