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    Japeth Aguilar left with a bloodied nose after two-handed poster dunk on Eric Griffin

    Aug 24, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JAPETH Aguilar provided the fitting highlight to Gilas Pilipinas’ 92-83 win over the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night by posterizing Eric Griffin with a powerful two-handed slam in the waning seconds of the friendly at the Meralco gym.

    But in doing so, the athletic Barangay Ginebra big man also ended up with a bloody nose.

    Aguilar apparently was hit by the 29-year-old Griffin as he dunked his way against him that blood freely flowed from his nose shortly after.

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    The Gilas forward was seen shouting and mocking Griffin following the dunk, his way of getting even following the accidental hit against him.

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    “It wasn’t on purpose,” said Gilas Pilipinas team manager Gabby Cui of the incident. “But the refs should have called a foul.”

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      Just before Aguilar’s emphatic slam with 34 seconds left, Griffin also soared high for a one-handed dunk against Andray Blatche that stopped the bleeding for the 36ers, who were outscored by the Filipinos, 10-0, heading home.

      The four-time National Basketball League (NBL) champion was ahead, 81-80, before Gilas went on a late scoring frenzy behind Roger Pogoy and CJ Perez.

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      Aguilar finished with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and had four rebounds to complement the near triple-double of naturalized player Andray Blatche (19 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists).

      Griffin, a former NBA D-League All-Star and All-Defensive second team, had nine points and five rebounds for the 36ers.

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