The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay hit a rare three-point shot with less than a second left to propel the Kings to a thrilling 97-95 victory over the Tropang Texters that left fans inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum buzzing.
“It’s a make or break (shot). I just tried to stay calm as possible,” said Aguilar after Ginebra’s 97-95 victory against his former team, defending three-time champion Talk ’N Text Sunday night in their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup game.
Not yet done, Aguilar capped his night by blocking Ranidel de Ocampo’s desperation shot as Ginebra bounced back from a 100-87 loss to Meralco last Tuesday....
Perhaps hate is too harsh a word. People really, really disliked Japeth Aguilar. Either that or they were indifferent to him, this despite a flashy game with plenty of highlight reel-worthy dunks and rejections, plus a clutch of headlines that had his name constantly splashed across sports pages and websites.
The odd thing about the hate, or the dislike, or the indifference, is that it's hard to fault the actions of Japeth that resulted in all these negative emotions....
The Gin Kings star backcourt of Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio were both battling illness, with the latter even having been confined before the game at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bonifacio Global City.
“May trangkaso ako eh,” Tenorio told InterAksyon.com. “Nagpalabas lang ako, pero babalik ako ng hospital. Nagpaalam lang ako kung pwede ako lumabas na maglaro lang kaso parang medyo mag-co-collapse na ako....
Japeth Aguilar scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and seven blocks, but even that impressive stat line couldn’t begin to tell the story of how huge his game was in Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s victory over Talk ‘N Text on Sunday.
Playing against his former Tropang Texters’ teammates, Aguilar powered Ginebra to a comeback from a double-digit deficit, scoring 11 points in the fourth period. He made the game-winning three pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining before making the game-saving shotblock at the buzzer moments later.
For Aguilar, the game was about finally living up to the tantalizing potential he has shown for years, after he became the top overall pick in 2009....
Japeth Aguilar hit what turned out to be the game-winning triple, before coming up with a crucial stop on the other end, as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel defeated the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, 97-95, on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra bounced back from their first loss of the conference, versus the Meralco Bolts, to improve to 4-1, while Talk 'N Text saw their two-game winning streak snapped to settle for a 3-2 card and slow fourth place.
TNT headed into the payoff period with a 12-point edge, before Mac Baracael started ringing in some shots to cut his team's deficit to nine, 82-73. A six-point swing from Japeth Aguilar, Chris Ellis and Greg Slaughter then made it a three-point affair with eight minutes remaining, 82-79....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||4||1||0.800|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||6||0.571||3rd|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||9||7||0.562||6th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||8||5||0.615||4th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||12||10||0.545||Runner-up|
|2010-2011 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||3rd|