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|Jimbo Aquino, SSC-R, NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week (1)
NCAA Press Corps, Sat, Jul 4, 2009
The NCAA Press Corps picked San Sebastian sharp shooter Jimbo Aquino as its ACCEL/Fil-Oil Player of the Week after powering the Stags to the early share of the lead in Season 85.
Aquino, who has taken the leadership cudgels from last year's leaders Jason Ballesteros and Jim Viray, averaged 23 points in wins over Perpetual Help and reigning three-peat champion San Beda the past week.
During that stretch, Aquino buried a whopping 10 of the 13 triples he attempted including six in a masterful shock 83-77 win over the heavily favored Lions Monday that sent them atop the heap along with last year's runner-up Jose Rizal, St. Benilde and guest team Arellano U on 2-0 (win-loss) slates.
It was enough to gain the nod of the group composed of the reporters from the country's leading broadsheets and tabloids as its first recipient of the award presented by ACCEL and Fil-Oil.
Aquino quickly thanked his new coach former PBA MVP Renato "The Atom Bomb" Agustin for the confidence he showed in him.
"I have so much confidence this year because of the new system of coach (Agustin)," said the soft-spoken Aquino, a 23-year-old native of Bamban, Tarlac.
Agustin, one the finest shooters that PBA has produced, felt nothing but impressed.
"He's one of the hardest worker of the team, he's the team leader," said Agustin, whose charges walloped the Altas, 76-64, in last week's opener at the Big Dome.
Aquino bested the likes of Jose Rizal's James Sena, Arellano's Giorgio Ciriacruz and St. Benilde's Jeff Morial for the weekly plum sponsored by ACCEL, a leading Filipino-based shoe and sports apparel, and Fil-Oil.