IN a battle between two teams which have embraced the triangle offense, Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar said it will be defense that will spell the difference against Alaska.
“We have to work on defense since we have almost a similar (triangle) offense," said Aguilar on the eve of the two teams' PBA Governors Cup match at the Mall of Asia Arena. "Sa defense kami mage-effort lalo.”
The Gin Kings are currently tied with defending champion San Mig and Talk ‘N Text at the top of the standings in the eliminations of the season-ending conference on similar 5-2 win-loss slates.
Aguilar said a win over Alaska is imperative if the team wants to be in the best position to reach the finals for the first time since Ginebra got swept by the Aces in last season's Commissioner's Cup title series.
“I really like our chances this conference. I think we have a really good chance to make it all the way," he said. "But while we’re winning, we still need to polish our offense and defense.”
Aguilar also pointed out that the team’s near-collapse in the endgame against San Miguel Beer on Wednesday should serve as a lesson for the team in terms of complacency.
“I think there was (complacency)," said the slam-dunking forward, who scored a personal conference-high 15 points in the team’s 105-98 win over San Miguel.
"But the thing is, we found a way, when the lead was down to five, we got together, picked it up and yun nanalo.”