Jan 13, 2020

Obviously, Japeth Aguilar is having fun in this Finals

JAPETH Aguilar continues his climb as one of the PBA top shot blockers of all time.

The Barangay Ginebra big man registered a personal finals record of seven block shots in the Kings' 92-84 victory over the Meralco Bolts in Game 3 of the Governors' Cup title series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

Aguilar's seven blocks lightened up his stats sheet which also saw him finishing with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

The 32-year-old native of Sasmuan, Pampanga now has moved past cage greats Alvin Patrimonio (576) and Abe King (580) in the all-time shot block list for a tie at no. 12 with Poch Juinio, each with a total of 582).

The feat came just days after Aguilar also surpassed Ricky Relosa at no. 15 in the same individual all-time record of the league.

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He's expected to further move up the ladder especially with the way Aguilar has been doing a 'block party' in the ongoing finals, according to Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

"That's one of his greatest skills, I think. He's got great timing, he gets off the floor so quick and of course, he's so long you think you have the shot off and he comes out of nowhere and does that," said Cone after the Kings regained the lead in the best of seven title series, 2-1, following the big turnaround win before a crowd of 16,001 at the Big Dome.

"That's something that he's been working on through the years. He's recognizing that that's a fun skill for him and it's something that keys the team, keys the fans. And blocking shots is a big turnaround play. And I don't think there's anybody in the league that's a better weak side defender than Japeth." (RG)