After Game 1 of the best-of-seven series of the Ginebra vs San Miguel, probably most of time what you saw on the sports headline was the name of Justine Brownlee.
It’s undeniable that the Gin Kings import is one of the keys in taking the 1-0 series lead. However, there’s another player from the deep and talented bench of Ginebra who took centertage.
Mark “the Spark” Caguioa sparked his squad and surprised the Beermen as he exploded with 11 points. Most of his converted shots was against the young legs of Marcio Lassiter.
The former PBA Most Valuable Player shown to everyone that he still got the skills especially on playing in the league’s biggest stage.
Ginebra head coach Tim Cone has nothing more to say but to give compliment to his veteran guard.
“That lift he gave us in the second quarter was huge, and he’s always capable of that,” said Cone.
“I’m never afraid to put Mark in the game because he’s always gonna come out and be aggressive. And he’s gonna come out and he’s gonna look for his shot, and he’s gonna make the defense play him. And those are the three great things to have coming off the bench.”
Apart from his 10,000 points milestone which is now in striking distance, Caguioa is also looking forward to grab another title to be added under his belt. Currently he have six after joining the league sporting a blonde hair back in 2001.
Back in the days, Caguioa had joined forces with his best-friend Jayjay Helterbrand and the “Major Pain” Eric Menk. The famous “Fast and the Furios” won the 2004 Fiesta Conference, 2004-05 Philippine Cup, 2006-07 Philippine Cup and 2008 Fiesta Conference.
His other two championship trophies came from the 2016 and 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.