BARANGAY Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar was reduced into a spectator after fouling out late in Game One of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals against Meralco on Friday night.
He didn't like what he saw.
The 6-9 Aguilar, who was disqualified on fouls with 4:03 left and Ginebra still leading 96-92, couldn't hide his disappointment after the 114-109 overtime loss witnessed by 14,522 screaming fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The lanky forward had six points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks before heading to the bench for good and said he will just adjust with the calls in Game Two on Sunday.
"May dalawang fouls ako kanina mga bandang third quarter, I think both on Anjo Caram. I don't know if it's enough to be called a foul pero kailangan ko mag-adjust," he said.
But more than anything else, Aguilar said it was their porous defense that really spelled doom for the Gin Kings, who went to the finals oozing with energy after dethroning San Miguel Beermen in the semifinals.
"It's our defense. It's not like the usual. Kulang sa intesity," Aguilar said when asked what went wrong down the stretch. "We just showed up kanina, we didn't play our basketball. We kept giving them chance and bandang dulo they kept getting shots."
Aguilar, who played a key role in Ginebra's conquest of the mighty Beermen, hopes the stinging loss will serve as wake-up call for the team ahead of Game Two.
"I hope it's a wake-up call for us. We'll see, we have to adjust," he said.