JAPETH Aguilar doesn’t care if his hair continues to grow awkwardly, so long as he continues to play consistently for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Usually sporting a semi-bald look, the Gin Kings star slotman has been growing his hair since the Philippine Cup into somewhat of an afro at the start of the midseason tournament.
“Walang time (magpagupit),” Aguilar said with a chuckle.
So instead of finding time, he’s just letting it grow - for now.
“Yeah, apparently (pinapahaba ko na),” the 31-year-old cager said.
Asked what he calls his hairstyle, Aguilar can’t describe it.
“Wala lang. I don’t know,” the 6-foot-9 beanpole said. “Hindi ko alam ayusin. Hindi sumusunod. Hindi naman afro kasi hindi straight. Makapal lang.”
Whatever his look hardly matters. What’s important is he sustains the performance he put up in the Gin Kings’ conference debut on Sunday when he registered a game-high 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 12 boards, three blocks, and one steal in a 108-89 loss to Rain or Shine.
“I hope magtuloy-tuloy,” Aguilar said. “Ako, I’m just picking my spots lang naman eh. My shots are just falling in. It was a good night for me scoring wise, pero talo pa rin eh.”
Aguilar conspired with import Charles Garcia in manning the middle in the absence of Greg Slaughter.
“Great effort from him,” Aguilar said of Garcia, who tallied 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes. “Coming here in the Philippines, naga-adjust pa siya sa weather. He picked it up this game.”
“We're outmanned talaga,” he added. “Pero ganoon talaga. tiwala lang ako sa teammates ko. We just need to pick it up.”