Despite bad back, Japeth plays big time for Gin Kings in sweep of ROS
Despite a bad back, Aguilar has been the key in the Gin Kings sweeping ROS to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
Japeth Aguilar has been dealing with a bad back even before the first Ginebra-Rain or Shine game that ultimately went into triple overtime.
Despite it though, Aguilar has been the key in the Gin Kings sweeping ROS to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
Japeth averaged 23.6 points in those three games. He scored 30 in the triple-overtime win to avoid a playoff for 8th for Ginebra and he scored 27 in Game 2 against the Elasto Painters to clinch the semis spot.
"I take it day-by-day, going to therapy hanggang sa umokay siya at maka-recover ako," Aguilar said of his bad back.
"I just want to win talaga kanina. I want to move on to the semifinals and we all know na hindi madali especially against Rain or Shine, but everyone stepped up actually," he added.
Fortunately, it appears that Japeth's back is getting better.
Which is going to be crucial for Ginebra as they take on the Beermen in the semis, a rematch from last year's Finals.
Greg Slaughter is still out for the Gin Kings with a bad ankle.
"There's little stiffness after the game, after practice, but once naka-pahinga na ako, naka-recover na ako," Japeth said.
"Coach Tim is already trying to prepare us [vs. SMB]. Earlier in the dugout sinabi niya, 'It’s Mount Everest that we’re going to climb.' Even sila Raymond [Aguilar] and sila Prince [Caperal], he told them to be ready. so we’re trying to prepare na talaga," he added.
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