Mark Caguioa may not be seeing much action lately but his 6 minutes and 35 seconds of playing time during Brgy. Ginebra’s won game against Meralco last Sunday amounted to something – it landed him on the PBA record books.
The 40-year old Caguioa officially saw action in his 18th season with the Gin Kings which shattered the previous record of 17 shared by Purefoods legend Alvin Patrimoio and TNT counterpart Harvey Carey. He now owns the distinction of having the longest tenure with a single franchise.
“He’s such a joy to be around,” said head coach Tim Cone.
“His teammates love him. He doesn’t demand anything. With his past history and who he is, he could really demand. But he doesnt. He’s such a really good guy. So it’s great to see him. It’s great to have him on the team. He has a real strong leadership presence on our team,” he added.
Cone admitted that he wasn’t aware of Caguioa’s historic feat and only found out about it after the game.
The 3rd overall pick of the 2001 rookie draft finished the match with 2 points and 2 boards. He now has amassed a total of 10,073 points which is good for 15th spot in the league’s all-time scoring list.