May 25, 2024

PBA: Japeth Aguilar says All-Star Game stalemate result better than expected

PBA: Japeth Aguilar says All-Star Game stalemate result better than expected
Japeth Aguilar made a couple of dunks, dished by Terrence Romeo. | Photo (c) PBA Images

Japeth Aguilar couldn't have asked for a better ending to the 2024 PBA All-Star Game in Bacolod, which ended in a 140-140 draw.

When the All-Stars came to Bacolod on Thursday, the team captain vowed it would be competitive as he wanted to get back-to-back titles. It was important for him to give back to the fans and make it enjoyable.

And Team Japeth actually had the lead for majority of the game, thanks to shooting streaks from Marcio Lassiter and RR Pogoy.

However, the first half heroics from CJ Perez and the late game clutch shooting from Robert Bolick allowed Team Mark to catch up.

"Napaganda pa, napaganda," Aguilar told One Sports. "Actually mas maganda pa yung nangyari."

"Kasi kung iisipin mo, kung may nanalo or may natalo, in a couple of years makakalimutan na eh," the big man pointed out. "Pero kung lahat panalo, lahat masaya, magiging memorable."

Aguilar was particularly hailed as Co-MVP after energizing his team with a couple of highlight slams. Both of them came from Terrence Romeo, who just came to Bacolod on Saturday night.

"Terrence is a great player. 'Yung mga ganun, ano lang kay Terrence 'yun. Madali na lang kay Terrence 'yun."

The draw meant both Team Japeth and Team Mark would get P150,000 each.

The dance showdown also ended in a stalemate, which meant another P150,000 for each team.

"Maraming nasiyahan. Pagdating sa stage kanina, bahala na. At least for a moment, bigay-todo na."

Mission accomplished in Bacolod.