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Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar out for the rest of PBA Philippine Cup

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings will have to play the rest of their 2021 PBA Philippine Cup campaign without star forward Japeth Aguilar.

According to Kings head coach Tim Cone, the 6-foot-9 big man has been ruled out for the rest of the conference as his medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain is taking time to heal.

Cone added that the former Gilas Pilipinas center has been send home from the Bacolor, Pampanga bubble last Friday to have his injury recovery at home.

“From what we’ve seen, it’s our opinion at this point that he’s out for the rest of the conference,” Cone said. “I don’t [see] any possibility to get him back. And if we did, we might rush him back and injure him again.”

Aguilar sustained the injury during Ginebra’s 88-67 defeat to TNT Tropang Giga last September 12. Despite it not showing any ligament tear, Aguilar’s did not show any progress.

“He’s devastated. He wants to play. He should’ve gone home a week or two ago after the injury, but he kept trying to get it done. But it was obvious now that he’s not gonna be able to make it,” Cone said.

The 34-year-old Aguilar posted averages of 14.6 points on 52.3-percent shooting, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in the eight games he played this conference.