Japeth Aguilar felt he was 'undercut' by Santos when he missed dunk late in Ginebra loss to SMB
Japeth Aguilar felt there was contact in this play from Arwind Santos that caused him to lose his balance and miss an easy alley-oop dunk. Jerome Ascano

JAPETH Aguilar said he felt he was undercut by Arwind Santos when he missed a dunk in the final moments of Barangay Ginebra’s loss to San Miguel Beer on Sunday night.

With the Gin Kings down 74-72 with 24.1 seconds to play in the game, Ginebra coach Jeffrey Cariaso ran a perfectly executed high-low play that had Greg Slaughter throwing a lob pass to Aguilar who was wide open above the rim.

However, it was a case of 'everything but the shot' as the ball slipped from the airborne Aguilar's grasp, a costly play in a game which the Beermen eventually won, 79-77.

Asked by sportswriters later, Aguilar said there was contact that caused him to lose his balance, hit his elbow in the rim and miss the dunk, although he didn’t categorically say if a foul should've been called in the play.

“Feeling ko nung pagkuha ko sa lob, na-undercut ako. Doon nawala ‘yung balance ko,” Aguilar told reporters. “Tumama ‘yung elbow ko sa ring. Feeling ko kasi parang na-undercut ako.”

“Sayang, potential na pantabla,” said Aguilar.

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Santos, however, denied there was a foul in that particular play, although he also admitted that a foul could've been called in the final play involving Greg Slaughter.

“Hindi ko siya hinawakan. Siya lang mag-isa ‘yun. Sinasabi nila hinawakan ko. ‘Yung kay Slaughter pa nung huli, puwede. ‘Yun may foul doon,” said Santos.

Aguilar, however, refused to point to that missed dunk as the reason for the loss, saying he felt the Gin Kings came in overconfident against the Beermen.

“Kami ang tumalo sa sarili namin. Kulang kami sa aggressiveness. Masyado kaming nag-kumpiyansa,” Aguilar said.

Here's another angle of the play, courtesy of the PBA's Nuki Sabio.
Here's another angle of the play, courtesy of the PBA's Nuki Sabio.

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