HIS name has often cropped up in many trade talks recently, but Japeth Aguilar swears he intends to stay with Globalport and help the rookie franchise win a first-ever PBA title in the near future.
“Yeah, I want to help the team win a championship. Happy ako sa team namin, lalo na `yung mga veterans sa team ko, mine-mentor ako,” the 6-foot-9 center disclosed to Spin.ph.
“Sana kung nananalo lang kami, pero too bad, yun nga, nasa losing streak kami, so it’s tough for us.”
Globalport’s losing streak had been extended to 10 games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after a 92-93 setback to Alaska Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier failed to sustain their third-quarter run and squandered a 15-point lead against the Aces.
Aguilar regrets having thrown away what was a strong start for the franchise this conference.
“Maganda `yung start namin pero di ko in-expect na magiging ganito kami. Kailangan lang ma-break yung losses, matagal na kaming di nanalo eh,” explained Aguilar.
For the record, Globalport has been winless for almost two months now or since February 15 when it fashioned out an 89-80 whipping of Barangay Ginebra.
But despite the losses, the former Western Kentucky back-up center believes the team has a lot of potential given the talent the Batang Pier have since acquiring veteran guard Solomon Mercado.
But to really go places, Aguilar stressed Globalport needs to work on its chemistry.
“Kailangan namin ng team unity. Ang ibig kong sabihin, we need to play more together para if ever kailangan namin ng points, alam namin sino papasahan ng bola. Di tulad ng ibang teams na composed sila when they play,” the former Ateneo Blue Eagle big man pointed out.
With one game left on Globalport’s schedule, Aguilar vowed to play his heart out.
Once the conference end, he said he’ll start concentrating on his duty with Gilas Pilipinas, where he is part of the 16-man pool that is preparing for the Fiba-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship set this August.