Brgy. Ginebra finally got over its tormentor for the last two conferences after the defending champions swept Magnolia, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup to advance to the next round.
Mark Caguioa suited up for the Gin Kings in the series-clinching Game 2 and went perfect from the field, going 5 of 5, and from the stripe as well (2/2) to finish with 12 points in 13 minutes of action.
“He is great to have on the team. He lives up to his monicker ‘The Spark’,” said Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone of the grizzled 18-year PBA veteran.
“I think now that he is getting regular minutes, he is getting more confident, and he is at the point where he understands our defensive schemes, our offense, and he knows where to pick his spots on offense. I have complete confidence in him out there,” added Cone.
Aside from taking the cudgels from Stanley Pringle whenever the scoring dynamo sits out for a breather, Cone said the 2012 league Most Valuable Player can fill the void created by the continued absence of Jeff Chan, Art dela Cruz and Jared Dillinger due to injuries.
“We don’t lose a lot when Stanley Pringle leaves the floor. He can take up some of the scoring that Stanley brings to us. Mark, I think, will be big in these playoffs especially that we don’t have Jeff, Jared, and Art.”
“It’s really incumbent on Mark to step up, and fill the void for us. He is certainly capable. He takes care of his body, he is still quick, he is still quick off the floor. He has the desire to play. He is dying to play all the time. He still wants to go out there and play 40 minutes out there. You love that attitude. He is just great to have in the team,” said the 21-time PBA champion mentor.