PBA Finals: Aguilar hosts block party in Ginebra Game 3 win
Mark Escarlote on Jan 13, 2020 05:23 AM
Japeth Aguilar's defense played a key role in Barangay Ginebra's Game 3 win. (Josh Albelda)
It’s just another day at the office for Japeth Aguilar.
Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone praised his athletic forward’s outing on the defensive end that keyed in the Gin Kings’ 92-84 Game 3 win over Meralco to take the series lead in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at the Big Dome.
Aguilar terrorized the Bolts’ offense with his presence as he swatted away seven Meralco attempts on top of his 23 points.
“Yeah, it was a block party out there,” said Cone. “And, you know, that's one of his greatest skills, I think.”
“He's got great timing, he gets off the floor so quick, and of course he's so long. You think you got the shot off, and he comes out of nowhere and does that. That's something that he's been working on through the years, I think,” he added.
Aguilar averaged two blocks in the Gin Kings' first two games.
“Sa game di ko na iniisip ‘yun. Basta ‘yung role ko lang ‘yung ginagampanan ko sa team na to. Na ‘pag may dumrive kailangan humelp ako,” said Aguilar.
The Ginebra star’s defense according to Cone played a big role to help the Gin Kings retake the series advantage. Aguilar played the hero’s role in Game 1 with his denial on Allen Durham late in the game to preserve Ginebra’s win.
In Game 3, he was a monster.
“I mean, basically, he decided Game 1 with the block, and basically he decided the game today with his seven blocks, because our game was all keyed on the defense,” said Cone.
Aguilar swatted two attempts each from Chris Newsome, Bong Quinto and Cliff Hodge while taking one block from Durham.
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