Japeth Aguilar alley-oop best in FIBA
MANILA, Philippines – Athletic forward Japeth Aguilar's dunk off a Gabe Norwood pass was voted best alley-oop of the 2013 FIBA continental championships.
In a bid to hype up the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain, FIBA, on its Facebook page, asked hoop fans to vote for the best plays during the 2013 tournaments.
In what could be another testament to Filipinos' undeniably massive presence on social media, Aguilar's alley-oop jam courtesy of an inbound pass from Norwood with 7.2 seconds left in the Gilas' game against Qatar, received 2,287 votes.
FIBA announced the win Tuesday, December 3. Watch the play.
The Norwood-Aguilar connection was way ahead in the voting, beating lob plays finished by NBA centers Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors) and Marcin Gortat (Washington Wizards), and former NBA wingman Rudy Fernandez. The 3 got 530 (2nd), 42 (4th), and 177 (3rd) votes respectively.
FIBA released the poll Wednesday, November 27. Watch the rest of the alley-oop plays.
Gilas Pilipinas FIBA 2013 run
The Philippine National team made a historic run in FIBA Asia 2013 back in August, beating long-time tormentor South Korea, 86-79, in an emotional semifinals victory.
Aguilar, the first ever Filipino to be drafted in the NBA Developmental League, played a key role in Gilas' campaign providing energy and hustle off the bench as naturalized center Marcus Douthit's primary back-up.
The lanky big man continued his strong play in 39th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). (READ: Japeth Aguilar continues to soar)
He has helped Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to a perfect, 3-0, record early in the All-Filipino conference averaging 18.3 points, 8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 3 blocks per contest. - Rappler.com