‘Jumpin’ Japeth Aguilar leaps to 12th spot on all-time shot block leaders

Brgy. Ginebra registered a total of 7 blocks in Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven Finals series against Meralco, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

And each one of those rejections were courtesy of the team’s high-flying forward Japeth Aguilar.

The 6-foot-9 Aguilar, who will turn 33 on January 25, served as the team’s anchor on the defensive end as the Gin Kings rebounded from road loss in Game 2 to regain the series lead following the 92-84 victory.

Just days after moving past Ricky Relosa to barge into the top 15 in the league’s all-time shot block leaders, the many-time national team player leaped onto the 12th spot after his spectacular Game 3 performance.

Now with a total of 582 career swats, Aguilar moved past 4-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio (576) and Abe King (580) to settle for a tie at number 12 with former Alaska center Poch Juino.

“Nag-start ako ng basketball yun ang naging niche ko. Shot blocker ako ever since high school and college,” said Aguilar.

“Ako ginagawa ko lang naman yung role ko. Alam ko yun ang isa sa strengths ko, and so I try to do it to the best of my ability,” he added.

The 2-time PBA All-Defensive Team member, who is expected to further move up the list, is currently averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in the ongoing Finals.

Game 4 is scheduled on Wednesday, January 15 at the Big Dome with the Gin Kings going for a commanding 3-1 lead.

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