JAPETH CONTINUES TO WORK ON HIS GAME
After a promising start to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s campaign in the Philippine Cup, the Kings got stunned in the semis by San Mig Coffee in seven games and got the boot.
One of the reasons for that early resurgence was Japeth Aguilar.
The second-generation Ginebra star averaged 17.1 points, nine rebounds, and 1.3 assists in all of the 23 games he played this conference.
The Gilas stalwart also leads the league in blocks with 2.8 rejections per game. But in the semis, pundits observed that Aguilar’s numbers took a hit as the stingy San Mig defense corralled him whenever he got the ball.
But the 6-foot-10 forward sees it otherwise.
“I don’t think na bumaba yung laro ko,” said Aguilar. “I’m not worried about making 20 points per game. The points will come.”
“Yung role ko lang is to be there inside, mga pulot-pulot. Ok lang maging ganun muna ako. Depende naman sa coaching staff kung kanino mashi-shift yung offense namin every game para mas unpredictable kami sa kalaban,” he said.
In the initial list, he was second on the list of statistical points leaders for the Best Player of the Conference race. But after the playoffs, he dropped to third behind Petron’s June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos.
But for Aguilar, any individual award is just a secondary goal.
“I’ll do anything to win,” he said.
He also sad that the looming FIBA Worlds is still on the top of his mind, saying, “After ng FIBA Asia, nag-start na talaga ako mag-improve. Yung pag-step up ko sa PBA, it’s me preparing not only for the PBA pero gusto ko madala talaga yung game ko there sa Spain. I’m really working hard for that,” said Aguilar.
“Sa akin lang, as long as my team wins, I know I did my job.” (RL)
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