Aguilar far from satisfied despite block party vs Terrafirma

Published July 7, 2022, 12:08 AM

by Reynald I. Magallon

Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar was far from satisfied with his performance despite showing a defensive masterclass that saw him finishing one shy of tying his career-best eight blocks in their 106-82 victory over Terrafirma.

Japeth Aguilar (PBA Images)

The 6-foot-9 forward was actually hardly impressed with his overall game as he admitted that he was bothered by the Dyip defense which resulted in his first half struggles and allowed Terrafirma to take the lead at the break and early in the third frame.

“Kanina, I’m just trying to be active. Actually, yun nga, they beat me actually (on the ball) so I have to be strong on the ball. Yun nga, yung niche ko yung blocking shots but in the next games, I gotta be there initial point of attack pa lang,” said Aguilar who finished with team-high 22 points, seven blocks and six rebounds.

“Yun ang kailangan kong i-improve. We got beaten in the hustle charts so yun ang mga aspect na kailangang ma-improve sa team talaga,” he added.

Good thing, after trailing by as many as eight points, 64-56, in the third, the Gin Kings came alive and embarked on a decisive 18-1 blast to turn the tables. At the forefront of that rally was Aguilar who has been playing beautiful music with frontcourt partner Christian Standhardinger.

“We worked on it (chemistry) talaga. It did not happen na ganoon na lang. Talagang process. Until now, we’re still working on our chemistry. One day at a time. In practice and in games,” he added.