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    High-flying Japeth Aguilar leaps to No. 12 on all-time blocks list

    Jan 13, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    IT was a ‘block party’ all right for Japeth Aguilar in Game 3 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals.

    The lanky Barangay Ginebra center had seven of the team’s blocks as he anchored the Kings defense at the low block in a 92-84 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The seven blocks are a finals record for the 32-year-old native of Sasmuan, Pampanga, who also moved up on the league’s all-time list of shots blocked.

    Aguilar added 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and had four rebounds.

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    But he did admit blocking shots has been his strengths ever since.

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    “Nag-start ako ng basketball yun ang naging niche ko. Shot blacker ako ever since high school and college,” said the veteran center, who also clinched the Kings’ 91-87 Game 1 win following his endgame block on Meralco import Allen Durham.

    “Ako ginagawa ko lang naman yung role ko. Alam ko yun ang isa sa strengths ko, and so I try to do it to the best of my ability.”

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      The feat rewarded Aguilar personally as he now has a total of 582 for No. 12 while breaking a tie at No. 14 with four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio (576) on the all-time shot block list.

      Likewise, he also leapfrogged league great Abe King (580), who is now tied at No. 13 with former Alaska center Poch Juinio (582).

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