Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra added a feather to his cap by reaching a total of 1,000 offensive rebounds in PBA history, making him the latest player to achieve such a feat.
The 35-year-old Aguilar marked his new career milestone during the Kings’ game against the NLEX Road Warriors.
He hit three of his total eight rebounds on the offensive boards to reach the rare accomplishment that made him the fifth Ginebra player to earn the distinction in franchise history.
But Ginebra bowed to NLEX, 117-120, in overtime last week.
Japeth Aguilar ceremony
PBA feted Aguilar in a fitting ceremony during halftime of Ginebra’s 122-105 triumph over NorthPort Batang Pier at the Philsports Arena Sunday evening, November 27.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial awarded the seasoned center the creatively-designed plaque with Ginebra governor and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) sports director Alfrancis Chua and NorthPort governor Eric Arejola in attendance.
However, Aguilar did not record any offensive rebound during the Ginebra-NorthPort game where he contributed seven points.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay became the latest to join the elite 1,000 offensive rebound club and the eighth player still active after Calvin Abueva, Kelly Williams, June Mar Fajardo, Reynel Hugnatan, Arwind Santos, Rafi Reavis, and Asi Taulava.
Aguilar’s fans were elated by their idol’s achievement as they sent him congratulatory messages on his Facebook.
Aleli Saberon wrote, “Congrats, Japeth! Deserve mo yan (You deserve it).”
Azillana Annaliza said, “Proud of you, idol!”
“Congratulations, jumping flying Eagle Japeth!,” Elvira Prudencia said.
Erlinda Olay commented, “That’s awesome! Congratulations!”
“Wow! Congrats, idol, keep it up always. God bless you good health too,” Luzviminda Gancia said.
Virgilio Armonia, for his part, wrote: “Achieving a new milestone. Congrats, Japeth!”
Praxi Olofernes Jr. urged him to do more, “More offensive rebounds to come.”
Laly Nicolas also said, “Congrats po batang Ginebra po buhat noon hanggang sa ngayon (Congrats, Ginebra player eversince), never say die.”
Ella Oliveros Marzo: “That’s great idol! Congrats and cheers to more achievements, more offensive rebounds, and more powerful dunks.”
Ginebra fan Agustus Agnes: “Hoping sa next game mas maging focus at mas maging agresibo sa defense at offense. Good timing para sa points ang monster block (Hoping in the next game to be more focused and more aggressive in defense and offense. Have good timing for monster blocks).”
“Congrats sayo Brgy. Ginebra center Japeth Aguilar “the Eagle” sa 1,000 offensive rebounds. God bless you, patuloy pa ang pagtulong mo sa team na Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel mas lalo ngayon, kailangan ka sa nanalapit na quarterfinal playoffs (Congratulations to Brgy. Ginebra center Japeth Aguilar “the Eagle” in 1,000 offensive rebounds. God bless you, you continue to help the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel team especially now, you are needed in the upcoming quarterfinal playoffs),” Jonel Darwin dela Fuente said.
Med Sampang wrote, “Ccongrats, kuya (brother) idol! Ikaw ang dahilan kung bakit ako naging Ginebra fan (You are the reason why I became a Ginebra fan).”
Dodz Agustin said, “Bibihira ka makakakita ng ganitong player (It’s rare to find this kind of player).”