JAPETH Aguilar owned up to a defensive miscue that resulted in Joshua Smith pulling off a stunning spin move and a two-handed throwdown in TNT KaTropa’s 100-94 win in Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against Ginebra.
Asked if he was surprised that the 6-foot-9, 330-pound Texters import was agile enough to go for the spin off the dribble, Aguilar said he made it easier by going for a steal instead of patiently staying infront of Smith.
“Hindi (ako surprised). Ano lang yun, bad defense on my part. Gumamble ako nun,” the Gin Kings star slotman admitted in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice a day after the loss. “He did a good move. Yun yung risk na binigay ko, and mistake ko yun.”
“Medyo committed ako dun sa steal ko kaya talagang na-libre siya; hindi yung nag-bluff lang ako tapos bumalik sa defense,” the 6-foot-9 beanpole added. “Talagang gumamble ako.”
Aguilar stressed the Gin Kings, as a unit, must be more disciplined in defending Smith for them to tie the series at one game apiece on Tuesday night.
“Kailangan more tight yung team namin, kasi parang wala pa kami sa playoff mode,” Aguilar admitted. “Medyo hindi pa … according dun sa film (ng Game One), nung nanonood kami sa loob, yung execution namin.”
“Yeah (it can get better),” he added. “Hopefully we’ll play better tomorrow. Syempre ready rin kami kung sakaling mag-adjust din sila.”