JAPETH Aguilar hopes Barangay Ginebra could emulate the solid teamwork of Talk ‘N Text, which was in full display when the Tropang Texters eliminated the Gin Kings, 97-84, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar could only shake his head in dismay as the Kings, among the favorites to win the midseason tournament, found their championship aspirations end in a big letdown.
“We were coming from the top (in the elimination round) in the All-Filipino, then we’re in the bottom in the second conference. So instead of improving from last conference, we dipped,” said a dejected Aguilar, who fought hard against his former team and finished the game with seven points and 12 rebounds.
The soft-spoken big man, who averaged close to 19 points per contest during the Philippine Cup, said consistency is something the Kings can only achieve if they start playing together.
“It’s easy, it’s teamwork. And they (Texters) have a great team chemistry," said the former Ateneo player.
The slam-dunking forward noted how the Tropang Texters were a consistent team that worked within the system with laser-like focus.
“Sobrang momentum nila (Texters). They never looked back from the beginning of the conference all the way to the quarterfinals. Tuluy-tuloy ang momentum nila,” said the 26-year-old Aguilar, who played for Talk ‘N Text during the 2011-12 season before being traded to GlobalPort early last year in exchange for Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
Aguilar was eventually shipped to Ginebra before the start of last season’s Governors Cup.
The top overall pick in the 2009 rookie draft, Aguilar said the Kings will take a weeklong break before returning to practice as it prepares for the season-ending Governors Cup.