BARANGAY Ginebra coach Frankie Lim demanded a great effort from his players for the full game.
Japeth Aguilar was all ears.
The 6-foot-9 athletic wingman stepped up on Wednesday night, churning out conference-high numbers of 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to lead Ginebra past GlobalPort, 111-108, in overtime at the MOA Arena.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay also delivered in the end with two big blocks and the game's final two points from the free throw line that sealed what was only Ginebra's third win in seven games in the PBA Governors Cup.
“Talagang pinaka-ine-emphasize ni coach sa amin eh 'yung effort namin kasi nung last game (against San Miguel), kulang kami sa effort,” Aguilar said. “The rest of the guys gave it their all.
"Everyone contributed and our effort was really good.”
The 27-year-old Aguilar admitted that the conference break also gave him enough time to work on his game as he tries to make up for pedestrian performances in the season's first two conferences.
“Iyung sa akin lang, sa past conference kasi, my energy was low kaya talagang pinaghandaan ko itong conference na ito,” Aguilar said in a determined tone. “I want to be conditioned.”
With four games left in Ginebra's schedule in the single-round eliminations, Aguilar hopes the win over GlobalPort will prepare Ginebra mentally and psychologically for a match against defending champion Star on Sunday.
“'Yung goal namin is to win as many games as possible and carry over sa playoffs yung momentum, so sana magtuloy-tuloy,” he said.