PBA Media Bureau
Blackwater import Henry Walker is now in his third PBA stint, and he was impressed by the improvement of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
The former NBA veteran praised LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar for being the guys behind the Gin Kings’ rise as a league contender.
“You can see the level in experience. They’ve been in that situation many times. Looking at LA (Tenorio) he’s just ice cold. It doesn’t matter what he does, but you’ve got to be ready for him in those clutch moments. They’ve got a guy like that, doing the right plays, then the team need not to worry,” Walker told InterAksyon.
“I was surprised with Japeth. He’s gotten a whole lot better since my first year. If you ask me, this group of guys (Ginebra) is one of the better teams in the league. Period. They got no weaknesses.”
Aguilar swatted away a looper by Walker in a play that sparked a Ginebra rally against Walker’s Blackwater last Friday.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone heaped praise on Aguilar’s big play.
“That’s what you kinda look for. Those game-changing shots or plays, that was one of them,” Cone said. “When Japeth made that block on Walker, I thought that was the game-changing play out there. He had a free lane to the basket then Japeth came from nowhere and blocked that shot. That kinda lifted us up. We got into a transition scored.”