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Time Cone banking on Aguilar to step up with Slaughter out

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Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone expects Japeth Aguilar to play to a “whole new level” with Greg Slaughter out.

Cone said he will be giving Aguilar a lot more opportunities this year with a frontline that was left significantly leaner without Slaughter, who took a leave following the expiration of his contract with Barangay Ginebra.

“Japeth is jumping to a whole new level and he showed that in a practice game,” said Cone.

Fresh from Aguilar’s performance in the Governors’ Cup where he won the Finals MVP, Cone said he looks forward to what Ginebra’s athletic big man can bring with the increased playing time he will be getting this coming Philippine Cup.

“It’s going to give Japeth an opportunity to spread his wings. He always wants to play 38, 40, 42 minutes a game. He gets mad every time I take him out. He will get that opportunity now without Greg, having to share time with Greg (before),” said Cone.