LA Tenorio proud to see Japeth Aguilar develop into Brgy. Ginebra’s defensive stopper

PBA Media Bureau

LA Tenorio felt proud seeing Japeth Aguilar slowly embrace the role of a defensive stopper for Ginebra.

“That’s our goal for him, to really be a defensive player and a rim protector,” he said on Sunday.

Aguilar showed glimpses of his defensive prowess when he took control of the paint in the second half of the Gin Kings’ 107-89 win against TNT, controlling the boards with 14 rebounds and rejecting five shots in the paint.

That performance left a lot of the veterans in awe and had Tenorio thinking of how great the athletic forward can be once he fully develops his defensive game.

“Tonight, he showed that,” said the veteran playmaker. “We’re telling him that even if he doesn’t score, as long as his defense is there, we’ll be fine.”

Aguilar’s stellar showing on defense allowed Ginebra to overhaul a 58-49 deficit in the first half before unleashing a furious second-half charge. –