PBA: The Spark lives up to his name in big Ginebra win

Paul Lintag on Jul 23, 2019 08:08 PM
PBA: The Spark lives up to his name in big Ginebra win
Veteran guard Mark Caguioa provided some quality minutes off the bench, helping the Gin Kings complete a sweep and move on to the semifinals to face either TNT or Alaska.

Barangay Ginebra had quite the spark Tuesday in a sensational Game 2 win over Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.

Veteran guard Mark Caguioa provided some quality minutes off the bench, helping the Gin Kings complete a sweep and move on to the semifinals to face either TNT or Alaska.

The former PBA Most Valuable Player played 14 minutes as a reserve and shot perfect from the field for a cool 12 points on top of four rebounds.

Caguioa was one of four Ginebra locals in double figures to back up super import Justin Brownlee.

“Mark’s fine. It’s just great to have him on this team. He really lives up to his moniker ‘The Spark,’ the way he comes out,” head coach Tim Cone said of Caguioa.

“He knows where to pick his spots in the offense and I have just complete confidence putting him out there. We don’t lose a lot when Stanley leaves the floor. He can take up the scoring that Stanley lends to us and then… so it was good,” Cone added.

Caguioa hasn’t seen heavy minutes as of late but Cone says his veteran guard is always ready to come off the bench and play.

With the Gin Kings looking to win back-to-back titles in the Commissioner’s Cup, Cone adds that Caguioa will be crucial in their campaign.

“Now that he’s getting regular minutes, he’s getting more confident and he’s at this point now where he understands all of our defensive schemes and our offense,” Cone said of the Spark.

“Mark I think will be big in this playoffs, especially we don’t have Jeff, Jared and Art so it’s really incumbent for Mark to step up and fill the void for us. And he’s certainly capable,” coach Tim added.

 

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