JAPETH Aguilar rued Barangay Ginebra’s turnovers and poor execution down the stretch that he felt led to the Kings’ 92-96 loss to Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings committed just 11 turnovers, but most of them came in the fourth quarter where the Tropang Texters turned the game around by outscoring them 41-25, behind import Paul Harris.
Aguilar, who registered 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one block, took part of the blame as he committed some of those errors when the Kings were trying to regain their huge lead in the fourth quarter.
One particular scenario was during an inbound play off a timeout, when the athletic forward attempted to pass to Mac Baracael, who wasn’t looking by the time the ball came. It led to a turnover.
“Yung mga crucial turnovers kami sa huli na sa akin nanggaling,” Aguilar admitted. “I committed a mistake. Hindi naman tayo perfect.”
But in the first place, Aguilar felt he shouldn’t have been part of the particular inbound play, when he received the pass on top of the key.
“Sa totoo lang, coming off a timeout, hindi ko naman talaga dapat mahawakan yung bola. So 'yun lang 'yung sa akin.
“What we need to improve on is executing plays after timeouts.”
The loss left the Kings out of Top-4 spot and a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals, but Aguilar assured the Kings’ legion of fans that the never-say-die spirit will surface once again in the next round, where they will face either San Miguel Beer or Alaska.
“Ganun na naman, similar scenario, pero we’re not going to back down. This is our last opportunity this season. We’re still new to the system, but we’re still hungry."