By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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MANILA, Philippines - For all his wondrous shooting touch, behemoth Japeth Aguilar is actually being developed to be Barangay Ginebra’s pillar of defense.
But Sunday night at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, Aguilar lit up the showdown with Star with tremendous offensive thrust, going 5-of-5 from the long range and finishing with a career-best 32 points as the Gin Kings toppled the Hotshots, 86-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup.
“I was surprised my offense came along. To be honest, I was focused on defense as I was instructed by coach Tim (Cone),” said Aguilar.
“One of those moments in my basketball career that I never expected to happen – five out of five from the three-point line,” he added.
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But Ginebra coach Tim Cone insisted he wasn’t a bit surprised by Aguilar’s three-point shooting, saying they’ve long been urging their athletic center to take the shots from the long range.
“If you remember, I coached his dad Peter. And Peter was like the best shooting big man I’ve ever seen. So when I first saw Japeth, he looked exactly the same, same form, everything,” said Cone. “Japeth has great form and great ability to be that kind of player that can shoot shots like that. So I’m not surprised by it. Hopefully, we don’t live by it, but that is a nice weapon to keep.”