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    Japeth Aguilar finds consolation in Ginebra win despite scoreless stint against tough ROS defense

    Sep 16, 2017
    Japeth Aguilar gave credit to the ROS defense for holding him scoreless. 

    IT was one of the worst games offensively for Japeth Aguilar in a long while.

    Yet the veteran big man doesn't mind it at all, so long as Barangay Ginebra ended up as the winner against Rain or Shine in their Petron Saturday Special duel in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The 30-year-old Aguilar was held scoreless on 0-fo- 5 shooting from the field in the Kings' 89-82 victory over the Elasto Painters. But he did have six rebounds and three blocks as the team kept the solo lead with its eighth win in 10 outings.

    The zero output was the first for Aguilar in 114 games or since the 2015 Commisioner's Cup against TnT Katropa, according to league resident statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

    But Aguilar was hardly bothered by his failure to contribute offensively for the Kings.

    "Hindi naman big deal sa akin yun. Ang importante we got the win," said Japeth, who played for only 22 minutes.

    "Hindi na mahalaga sa akin yung umiskor as long as we got the win."

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      Aguilar did give credit to Rain or Shine's defense, which tends to clog the middle and made life difficult for Barangay Ginebra's big men.

      "Napapansin ko lang nagka-clog sila sa low post. Kapag napunta yung bola kay Greg (Slaughter) or anyone. Kahit kay Justin (Brownlee) or kay Joe (Devance), talagang nagko-collapse sila," said Aguilar.

      But there were others who had Aguilar's back and made up for his offensive struggle. Guards LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, and Sol Mercado combined for 37 points to complement the 27-point job of import Brownlee.

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      Coach Tim Cone also acknowledged Aguilar's poor offensive play against the Elasto Painters, but sees the big man playing better in the Kings' next game.

      "He struggled a bit mentally I thought throughout the game. But he'll bounce back and play big minutes," said Cone.

      "But he hustled and got offensive rebounds for us."

      Aguilar said he tried to make up in other aspect of the game when he felt nothing is going his way offensively.

      "Patient lang ako sa loob. Hindi ko naman kailangan umiskor, I was just trying my best on defense," added Aguilar.

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