Aguilar says Ginebra still a work in progress depite recent championship success
Japeth Aguilar still sees a lot of room for improvement for Governors Cup champion Ginebra. Dante Peralta

BARANGAY Ginebra is still a work in progress despite winning its first PBA championship in eight years just last season.

Big man Japeth Aguilar said the Kings have a lot to improve on going to the new season, as seen from an 81-74 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday in a game which coach Tim Cone referred to as an ‘ugly.’

The Kings committed 19 turnovers as against the 12 of the Elasto Painters and didn’t really turn the game around until the final 4:07 when they held the opposition without a field goal the rest of the way.

Aguilar topscored for Ginebra with 23 points and 13 rebounds, but noted the team still has a lot of room for improvement even just less than two months removed from bagging the Governors Cup title.

“Yung team namin talagang naggo-grow pa,” he stressed. “So we always have to look at ways kung paano mag-improve pa talaga, to keep growing.”

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But at least the Kings (1-1) showed a glimpse of what they can do as they beat a team many sees as complete in almost every position.

“Masaya ako kasi we won this game, kasi for us going to this game, Rain or Shine talaga yung isa sa mga title contenders,” the 6-foot-9 Aguilar said.

Coach Tim Cone agrees.

“Rain or Shine has been playing great basketball, and we just wanted to try and come out and defend them and make it tough for them defensively,” said Cone

“So in terms of that goal, we achieved that.”

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