Crucial turnovers, defensive lapses put to naught fine offensive game from Mac Baracael
Mac Baracael had 20 points but four turnovers, the last one costing Ginebra a shot at a win when his inbound pass with 2.8 seconds left was intercepted by Jayson Castro. Jerome Ascano

HE may have had a solid offensive game, but Mac Baracael seemed lost at times on defense in the eyes of Barangay Ginebra coach Ato Agustin in the Kings’ 104-103 defeat at the hands of Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.

The Kings forward registered a season-high 20 points along with six rebounds, one assist, and one steal, but Agustin felt Baracael was sometimes a defensive liability to the team.

“Ang ganda ng laro niya, but I think nag-struggle siya sa defense,” Agustin admitted. “Hindi niya alam yung mga rules namin, minsan nakakalimutan.

“Hindi mo rin masisi, baka pagod,” he added of Baracael, who played 39 minutes.

Agustin also cited Baracael’s decision making after the forward out of Far Eastern University committed four turnovers, the last proving to be the most crucial.

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Down by a point with 2.8 seconds left, the Kings had a chance to go for the win, but Baracael made a bad inbound pass to LA Tenorio that Jayson Castro intercepted to preserve the Tropang Texters’ win.

Agustin acknowledged Baracael’s mistake.

“Yeah,” he said with a smile. “Wala eh. Sayang,” Agustin said. “If you’re a player, you need to play smart offensively and defensively."

Baracael refused a request for an interview from after the game.

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