BARANGAY Ginebra already found out that spreading the wealth is key to its success in this PBA Governors’ Cup, so there’s no reason why they should stop doing it.
Japeth Aguilar is reminding his teammates to stick to what they’ve done best in the season-ending conference after slightly veering away from it in their 104-92 loss to TNT Katropa on Sunday night in Biñan, Laguna.
Coming in averaging a tournament-best 25.3 assists – impressively breaching the 30-assist barrier thrice, the Gin Kings dished out a reduced, yet still solid 20 assists against the Texters while letting Justin Brownlee do most of the work in the payoff period.
“It’s not our usual (game),” Aguilar said on their lack of assists. “Parang hindi kami.”
Brownlee almost singlehandedly brought the Gin Kings back from a 22-point deficit as the prolific import scored 16 of his 34 points in the fourth, where they came within 10 points of the Texters.
“We need to understand that at times na gipit kami, we should trust our system pa,” Aguilar said. “I want to give credit to Justin because it was a Justin Brownlee show in the fourth quarter, which shouldn’t have been (the case).”
“Dapat total team effort,” he added.
Aguilar is also accountable after the athletic forward could only contribute 11 points – his second-lowest output this conference, along with seven boards, two blocks, and one assist in 26 minutes.
“I think we weren’t moving the ball well, although there were shots na usually pumapasok pero we were just missing it,” Aguilar said.
Now, the Gin Kings have no choice but to move on from the Texters and prepare for Alaska in the first round of the playoffs.
“There’s a reason why they're (Texters) number one right now,” Aguilar said. “For us, it’s just a game we need to put behind us kasi quarterfinals na eh. We have to focus on the task ahead.”
“(Alaska’s a) very dangerous team,” he added. “They’re the hottest team right now. We really have to work hard.”