Japeth Aguilar turned in his best performance in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup and it couldn’t have come in a better time as Greg Slaughter was unavailable for Brgy. Ginebra’s game against TNT due to a dislocated thumb.
With Slaughter out, the 6-foot-9 Aguilar went on to dominate the smaller KaTropa all by himself, torching the hoops for 29 points on a scorching 81% (13-of-16) shooting from the field to go along with 10 rebounds and 2 assists.
“He had a great time tonight. He was really active around the rim, putting putbacks, diving hard, getting a lot of cuts and dives and that’s truly when he’s at his best is when he is doing stuff like that,” said Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone on Aguilar after the crucial win over TNT which propped up the crowd darlings to solo 4th with a 6-3 record, just a game behind their victims who fell to 7-2.
“Getting out and trying to isolate on the perimeter and even posting up is not truly his game. He could do those things but it’s not truly his game. His true game is really diving and cutting to the rim and following guys to the rim and cleaning up the garbage and he did a tremendous job tonight,” he added.
The league’s most successful mentor went on to praise the 1st overall pick in the 2009 PBA rookie draft for his ‘huge’ presence on both ends of the court and for stepping up when the team needed him the most.
“That’s what makes us really tough. It’s when he does that kind of stuff, we are really, really tough. Because he is just a huge presence and nobody can get up as high as he can, even the imports. He just towers over everybody with his long reach and jumping ability. He was awesome tonight. Defensively too, he was good. He really stepped up in Greg’s absence,” said Cone.