Sigh of relief for Ginebra after Japeth's late-game gaffe didn't result in Clasico loss
Paul Lintag on Sep 04, 2017 02:43 PM
In what can only be described as an unlucky break for Ginebra, the Gin Kings definitely had a big sigh of relief after they still managed to win the game in extra time despite Japeth Aguilar's late foul at the end of regulation.
Manila Clasico's ending sure was interesting Sunday night.
Down three with seconds to go, Star's Malcolm Hill managed to draw a foul on Japeth Aguilar while going for a three-point shot.
The 21-year-old import made all three charities and left 0.6 seconds on the clock. Overtime came just a few moments later.
In what can only be described as an unlucky break for Ginebra, the Gin Kings definitely had a big sigh of relief after they still managed to win the game in extra time.
"I told him to foul. No, just kidding," head coach Tim Cone said on Japeth's final play.
"It just happened. Japeth is a shot blocker, so his instinct on a pump fake is to jump for the shot. Obviously it wasn't a good instinct, it wasn't the right thing to do, but he just went to his instincts," he added.
For his part, Aguilar would simply like to move on from the final play since they won anyway.
Instead, Japeth would like to focus on other thins like improving their free throws and limiting their overall mistakes.
"For me, if he's gonna take the shot, I was really gonna go for it," he said talking about Hill's final attempt of regulation.
"We just have to make our free throws and lessen our turnovers," Aguilar added.
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