GINEBRA superstar Mark Caguioa's shift to an off-the-bench role has been one of the keys to the Kings' sudden resurgence in the PBA Governors' Cup.
Caguioa has not only embraced the sixth man role but has also flourished in it, averaging 21.3 points in three games in the semifinals -- all with the flamboyant guard coming off the bench, and all resulting in victories.
On Thursday night, Caguioa exploded for 29 points as the the Kings crushed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 95-86. He highlighted his scoring show with five three-pointers to deny the Elasto Painters an outright Finals berth.
Caguioa also had 25 points against Petron on the night Robert Jaworski's Ginebra San Miguel jersey was retired, after finishing with 10 points in a similar victory over Meralco.
“Since the start of the conference, ginagawa ko na ‘yan,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen. “We’ve been working on that for the whole conference.
“It’s vital for us to have a strong bench. Like his nickname says, he is a spark off the bench. We need his help, that is why he is coming off the bench right now,” added Tanquincen.
The streaking Kings are one win away from earning a playoff for a semifinal berth under the 4-of-5 incentive rule in the semis, but face their biggest test in their next two games against the B-Meg Llamados (Sunday) and Talk 'N Text (Wednesday).
“We still have to be careful in our next game against B-Meg,” said Tanquingcen.