Aguilar unfazed by 0-2 Ginebra deficit vs TNT: 'We'll do it the hard way again'
Japeth Aguilar says it was Ginebra's offense, more than defense, that led to the late-game breakdown that cost the team Game Two against San Miguel. Jaime Campos

JAPETH Aguilar insisted it’s Barangay Ginebra’s offense – more than defense – that proved a huge factor in the team’s 107-103 loss to TNT KaTropa in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals on Tuesday night.

While the Gin Kings eased up on defense-first Anthony Semerad, who made them pay with four three-pointers in the last five minutes, Aguilar felt they veered away from their offensive system a bit that prevented them from getting good looks.

“Mga bandang (last) five minutes, hindi kami naka-execute ng offense namin and they made a big shot,” Aguilar said. “We kind of steered away from our offense, medyo nag-one on one; pinoint-out rin ni coach Tim (Cone) yun.”

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The play where Semerad nailed his last trey off a Jayson Castro kickout that gave the Texters the lead for good was one where the Gin Kings could’ve also done a better job.

Aguilar first helped on Castro after the TNT superstar blew by Scottie Thompson, before the Gin Kings slotman tried to recover on Semerad that went a little too late.

Aguilar, though, won’t think twice of doing the same thing again.

“Actually, it’s been our defense, yun na yung sistema namin sa defense, so if I didn’t help on Jayson Castro’s drive, it might lead to an easy layup, so I have to be there talaga,” Aguilar said. “Those are the chances, we played the ratio, kasi mas easy yung layup kaysa sa (three-pointer).”

“Pero for me, yun offense talaga namin yung wala kaming nakuha,” he insisted. “Wala kaming na-run ng maayos.”

The Gin Kings will just have to conjure their never-say-die spirit when they need it most – in Game Three of Thursday at the Big Dome.

“Our backs are against the wall again. We’ll do it the hard way again,” Aguilar said. “May chance pa, so it’s up to us kung paano namin maso-solve, kung paano namin tatalunin yung TNT.”

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