Japeth Aguilar hopes Barangay Ginebra learned a thing or two from its recent loss to Alaska as the team tries to bounce back on Sunday against the dangerous Blackwater Elite at the Philsports Arena.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar said the Kings abandoned the triangle offense during the payoff quarter, allowing the Aces to pull off an 86-80 win Wednesday night.
“We shot poorly, and then we fell into their (Aces) trap kasi nag-one-on-one kami instead of ball movement. Na-stuck kami sa offense namin kaya minsan nawawala kami,” Aguilar told FOX Sports.
The Kings enter Sunday’s game as the favorites against a young Elite side, but the 29-year-old Aguilar refused to look at it that way.
Instead, the former Ateneo Blue Eagle and Western Kentucky Hilltopper said he’d rather see Ginebra clean up its offense first as the team resumes its playoff bid.
“Napansin ko lang kasi yung pag-execute namin ng offense, more on rushed kami kaya yun ang kailangan naming i-improve,” explained Aguilar, who averages 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 blocks this conference.
The Kings are currently in a 5-way logjam with the Elite, the Mahindra Enforcers, NLEX and Rain or Shine at 3-3.
Blackwater is coming off a 115-103 shellacking of GlobalPort last week behind veteran playmaker Mike Cortez’s 22-point-7-assist production. — By Richard Dy