After actually facing a challenge in the 2017 SEABA Championships, Gilas Pilipinas found a slam-dunking hero in Japeth Aguilar.
And that something extra was to dunk all over people and spark the Philippines into a another lopsided win in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
Aguilar’s stellar play didn’t go unnoticed as head coach Chot Reyes was quick to praise the 6’9″ forward.
“He’s been here from the start of the Gilas program but he’s only 29. There’s a lot of basketball left in Japeth,” Reyes said.
“More than the longevity, it’s his maturity. In the previous games, he was content with playing a support role. We want to make sure we have a lot of weapons at our disposal, and tonight Japeth was the most lethal of them. I think it’s just the continuing maturation of Japeth,” he added.