Tim Cone says Japeth Aguilar doubtful in Game 5 after spraining ankle

Tim Cone has doubts if Barangay Ginebra’s athletic big man Japeth Aguilar can play in Game 5 on Sunday.

The 6-foot-9 Aguilar sprained his left ankle after getting entangled during a rebound sequence in the fourth period.

“He sprained his ankle. We just tried to get him back in but it’s too much. We don’t know, we’ll see what will happen tomorrow (Saturday),” Cone told media men, shortly after the Kings escaped with an 88-86 win Friday as the PBA Governors Cup series is tied again at 2-2.

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“I don’t know if 48 hours will get him ready for Game 5.”

The American mentor said they will ask one of the team’s staffer to sleep at Aguilar’s house and try to apply ice on his left ankle periodically.

“We’ll see how it (ankle) does overnight.  One of the trainers will go home and sleep in his (Aguilar’s) house and wake him periodically to ice it,” he added.

Aguilar, who earned a Mythical Second team nod and All-Defensive team citation, played 35 minutes and scored 19 points, along with six rebounds, before leaving the game for good at the 2:56 mark of the fourth period. – Richard Dy

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