Forward Japeth Aguilar exploded for 32 points and 12 rebounds as Barangay Ginebra stopped the Star Hotshots, 86-79, on Christmas Day in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 42 Philippine Cup at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Aguilar shot a perfect 5-of-5 attempt beyond the arc while Joe Devance finished with 17 points to help the Gin Kings improve to 3-3 win-loss record. The Hotshots, with the loss, dropped also to 3-3 win-loss record, ending their winning streak to three.
“I have seen staples, I have seen nothing like this, amazing. It was fun. A lot of character in that game,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “This is indicative of how were going to win games. We have been encouraging Japeth to hit threes.”
Paul Lee led the Hotshots with 20 points.