PBA: Missed go-ahead layup not the main issue, says Japeth
Philip Matel on May 20, 2018 11:31 PM
In the upcoming week, Japeth Aguilar's hands are full since he is part of the Luzon All-Star squad and the Gilas selection for the Visayas and Mindanao match-ups.
Down 16 at the half, 46-30, Japeth Aguilar could have sealed another comeback win for the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.
The power forward got a pass from Scottie Thompson, drove to the hoop for a wide-open shot, and missed a point-blank layup that would have put the Gin Kings up 94-92 with about three seconds left in the first overtime. Instead, Phoenix got the miss, but was not able to win at the buzzer and needed five more minutes to get the much-needed win.
Aguilar did not sulk on the missed point-blank shot, instead focused on the bigger picture.
"You know, it happens. Nagmintis ako. Pero, it's not even the issue eh. May mga chances kami in the second overtime. I thought we had some good looks but we didn't convert and had some crucial turnovers. We kept falling behind, then we're playing catchup," the Aguilar said after the game.
The 6'9 forward revealed that coach Tim Cone had put them through intensive training during the long layoff, which the player called as "hell week" to manage and try to straighten their kinks.
In the upcoming week, Aguilar's hands are full since he is part of the Luzon All-Star squad and the Gilas selection for the Visayas and Mindanao match-ups.
He also admits that he is still getting used to his new designation as a swingman, as part of the three towers Cone fields in the game, along with import Charles Garcia and Greg Slaughter.
I'm on the post, then the guys will just move around. Gotta cut, so ayun. Yung exciting part, you look, I gotta look at it as a challenge, you know to add something in my game."
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