PBA: Japeth Aguilar is Brgy. Ginebra's new "Batman"
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 25, 2020 03:53 PM
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2020 is poised to be the year of Japeth Aguilar, that is, when the PBA resumes play following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Aguilar is flying high at the end of his 2019 season, winning a SEA Games gold medal in the SEA Games and taking his first Finals MVP award after another Ginebra championships.
Recent developments, mainly the injury to six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and the sabbatical of teammate Greg Slaughter, further open the opportunity for Japeth to fly even higher.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone feels like his top big man is ready for primetime.
"Not having to split time with Greg, he’s going to be able to spread his wings and really say, ‘This is my team,’" Cone said of Japeth.
"It’s usually, between the two of them, one’s the Batman, one’s the Robin. It’s kind of like game to game, we don’t know who’s the Batman and who’s the Robin. But now, Japeth is going to be Batman," the multi-titled mentor added.
Over the course of his career, Japeth has had his faults.
But following a strong end to his 2019 season, Aguilar appears to be at the peak of his powers and is just ready to dominate, at least that's the hope.
"He’s in a really good place mentally and physically at this point in his career. I think he’s really going to take off," Cone said of Japeth.
"We’re going to live with him as our star. He’s going to have Stanley there, he’s going to have LA there and others, but I think Japeth will be the key guy for us," he added.
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