JAPETH Aguilar rued Barangay Ginebra’s complacency in the team’s disappointing 82-79 loss to Barako Bull on Saturday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Gin Kings established a huge 21-point lead early in the game, a cushion they failed to protect after committing costly errors down the stretch.
“Nag-collapse nanaman kami,” Aguilar said. “Hindi pa namin alam paano manalo. Naging complacent kami, naging kuntento na kami sa lamang nung first quarter.”
Inconsistency was also to blame as Aguilar disappeared after putting up a solid showing last time.
After tallying 26 points and 16 boards against Star, the Gin Kings star forward wound up with just six points and five boards against three turnovers in 24 minutes.
The athletic forward, who fouled out with still over five minutes to go in the game, said he has yet to adjust to the rejigged officiating.
“Kailangan ko pa mag-adjust dun sa mga bagong rules.”
Aguilar declined to mention what coach Tim Cone said in the dugout, but hinted it wasn’t suitable to be printed.
“Siguro sa practice na lang namin pag-uusapan yun,” the 6-foot-9 forward said. “Basta he’s just really upset kasi wala, hindi namin nagawa yung mga gusto niya.”
“Pero ginusto rin talaga ng Barako manalo,” he was quick to add. “Talagang, nandun yung fight sa kanila. Hindi sila nag-give up. Kami, hanggang simula lang.”
Aguilar hopes the Gin Kings finally barge into the win column when they face Alaska in Dubai on Saturday.