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MANILA, Philippines – Japeth Aguilar continued to rise in the PBA all-time block list.
Barangay Ginebra's striker jumped from 15th to 12th place in his career with a total of 583 strikes after he had seven rejections in the Gin Kings 92-84 game 3 win over Meralco in the final of the Governor's Cup.
Aguilar beat legendary four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio in 14th place after scoring 576 blocks after game 2 before his personal block party in game 3 overtook Abe King (580) and Poch Juinio (582).
"Since I started playing basketball, blocking shots has been my niche," said Aguilar on Filipino Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I was a gun blocker in high school and college and that's my role."
Aguilar finished the race with 23 points, four rebounds and seven blocks, and his defense value was the second highest in his 11-year career.
"I know my strengths and shot blocking is one of them," said Aguilar. "I try to do my best in terms of my skills."
The 6-foot-9 striker achieved an average of 3.7 strikes in the final series.
“It was a block party out there. And you know, that's one of his greatest skills, I think. It has great timing, gets up off the floor so quickly and of course it is so long. You think you got the shot and it comes out of nowhere and does it, ”said Ginebras coach Tim Cone.
"He's been working on that over the years, I think. He realized that this is a fun skill for him. It's something that appeals to the team and the fans. Blocking shots is a great reversal game."
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