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    Ginebra veteran Helterbrand raves about 'monster games' of Aguilar and Slaughter

    Oct 20, 2014
    Gilas mainstay Japeth Aguilar stood out in Ginebra's opening-day win. Jerome Ascano

    VETERAN Jayjay Helterbrand said Ginebra will be in 'a good position to win every single game' if big men Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter play the same way they did in the team's season debut on Sunday.

    Helterbrand raved about the 'monster games' of the two Ginebra big men in a 101-81 win over Talk 'N Text at the Philippine Arena which saw Aguilar log 18 points, 18 rebounds, and five shotblocks and the 6-11 Slaughter contribute 16 points and 12 boards.

    “That (Aguilar’s performance) was a monster game," Helterbrand told Spin.ph. "I told him if he does that, we’ll be in a good position to win every single game.

    "Like if he and Greg could come out and play the way they played, especially on the defensive side, knowing that I can pressure, and knowing if I get beat they are at our back.”

    Helterbrand didn't do badly himself, coming off the bench to contribute 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes as Ginebra started the season on a high note after winning just one of seven preseason games.

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    “Even though we were losing in the preseason, I think that helped us for the coming season. We worked out to get in shape and it showed,” the former league MVP said.

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    “I think the (team) chemistry was good. We had a long break so we got to practice and get to know one another better,” he said.

    But more than anything else, Helterbrand, who turned 38 last week, said he is on a mission this season to prove that Ginebra's 'never-say-die' spirit is still alive.

    “I just wanted to show everybody that the never-say-die spirit is not dead,” the former Kentucky State University said.

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    Gilas mainstay Japeth Aguilar stood out in Ginebra's opening-day win. Jerome Ascano
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