GINEBRA superstar Mark Caguioa said it was a strange feeling playing against Eric Menk, but he was still happy to see his longtime teammate turn back the hands of time for GlobalPort on Friday.
The 39-year-old Menk played like the 'Major Pain' of old, holding the fort for GlobalPort in the absence of Jay Washington while battling the Gin King's young frontline in a performance that left Caguioa quite impressed.
“He (Menk) played tonight. It’s weird that we’re against each other and he’s playing like that, parang siya yung nagpapadikit ng score eh,” said Caguioa.
Although Ginebra went on to score a 108-92 win, Menk shone by putting together his second double-double performance with his 17 points and 14 rebounds against Twin Towers Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter.
For much of the conference, people thought the former Lake Superior State standout was nothing more than a shell of his old self, yet Caguioa believes the presence of younger big men in the PBA is enough motivation for Menk to rise up to the challenge.
“He was the one making it hard for us. And him doing that to us, parang vintage Eric Menk, getting rebounds, scoring and giving Billy a hard time. I mean, five fouls agad si Billy eh,” noted the 34-year-old Ginebra gunner.
“I don’t know if Japeth was guarding him too, but he was giving everyone the business today.”
Though playing on opposing sides already, Caguioa only had words of encouragement for Menk as the Globalport veteran center headed back to the bench late in the game.
“I just told him, just before I was to shoot free throws, ‘Eric, good job man.' He still got it.”