MARK Caguioa likes where Barangay Ginebra is positioned right now halfway through the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.
But the Ginebra superstar is quick to remind his teammates not to fall into a false sense of security especially when they tangle with the dangerous Alaska Aces on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“6-1 is nice. Being here (at second spot in the standings) is just nice because we haven't had this kind of record for a long, long time,” said Caguioa, whose team faces the Aces at 3:30 pm in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“But I hope we don't stop there and we won't relax because minsan, with a 6-1 record, you just think you can turn things on just like that.”
The 34-year-old former league MVP actually pointed to the Kings' 87-100 loss to the Meralco Bolts as a painful reminder that complacency won't produce championships.
“Siyempre, you just can't turn it like that, eh kita mo na lang `yung gaya sa Meralco. We were supposed to beat them but look what happened,” he added.
Ginebra's frontline partner of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter are coming off sensational performances against Air21, where they utilize their size, athleticism, and strength inside to their advantage in posting a 78-69 win over Air21.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar stood at the forefront of Ginebra's offensive, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-best eight blocks.
Slaughter banged in 19 and 10 boards as he won his personal duel with ageless Air21 center Asi Taulava, who had a quiet eight points and 13 rebounds.
But the match up with the Aces could pose a serious challenge for the Kings owing to the veteran presence of Sonny Thoss and Gabby Espinas.
Thoss had 20 points and seven rebounds, while Espinas hauled down a career-high 23 rebounds to lead the Aces to a 92-83 win over the Bolts on Wednesday.
Caguioa believes Thoss is now the best big man in the league, which is why he constantly reminds Slaughter to maintain his aggressiveness.
“I think he (Slaughter) a bit challenged against Asi, but hopefully it doesn't stop there because Sonny is the best big man in the league now,” noted the Ginebra veteran guard.