Living true to his moniker, Mark Caguioa was truly a spark off the bench for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel last night, helping his team to eliminate the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok in Game 2, 106-80, and punching a ticket to the semifinals of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Far removed from his days as a go-to superstar, the 39-year-old guard proved he can still contribute in spurts, coming out with one his most productive games of the year so far.
Here are some insights from Caguioa’s vintage performance last night.
Flawless from the field
Ginebra’s reserves contributed a total of 30 markers last night — with 12 of those coming from Caguioa. The one-time league MVP only appeared in five games in the eliminations, averaging 1.4 points and 0.8 rebounds in about eight minutes of action.
The 18-year vet looked like he still has plenty left in the tank last night, making all of his five attempts from the field. He also connected on both his freebies from the charity stripe.
Limited minutes, ample production
With coach Tim Cone enjoying a bevy of talented guards at his disposal, Caguioa made sure to make the most out of the whole 13 minutes and 52 seconds he had on the hardwood. Aside from finishing in double-figures in scoring, Caguioa also pitched in four rebounds and one dime.
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Will he continue to be a factor in the postseason?
Having won seven titles throughout his storied PBA career, the seasoned Caguioa certainly knows a thing or two about what it takes to go all the way.
The trio of Stanley Pringle, LA Tenorio, and Scottie Thompson will still get bulk of the playing time, but an efficient and productive showing from Caguioa adds another dimension to Ginebra’s deadly guard rotation.
Caguioa could very well play more significant minutes in the semis, as Ginebra is currently missing the services of Jeff Chan, Jared Dillinger, and Art dela Cruz due to injuries.
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