THIS early, Mark Caguioa is playing a level above the rest in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, averaging 22.6 points and hitting the 20-point mark in all five games so far with Barangay Ginebra.
Well, Spin.ph asked the most credible source when it comes to 'The Spark' - his girlfriend Lauren Hudson. And what she revealed should certainly be music to Ginebra fans' ears.
The Fil-Australian stunner talked about how the Ginebra superstar often spends extra time before and after practice shooting hoops and devoting a lot more time to keeping himself in the best of shape.
“Most of the time, he leaves early so he can shoot around and practice,” said Hudson, a print ad model, in her distinct Australian accent.
“He’s been taking care of himself, doing his workout. He wants to stay in shape,” added Hudson. “He wants to make sure he is more than fit for, hopefully, championships."
Hudson said Caguioa's consuming desire to win another title shows when he gets terribly frustrated after each loss, particularly during a woeful 0-4 start to the import-laced tournament.
“The first loss was okay … But the second, the third and the fourth he wasn’t happy. He was … I don’t know, I can’t explain,” said Hudson.
Ginebra’s charismatic leader hates to let Ginebra's fans down. And Hudson can attest to that.
“He wants to win every game, even if it’s not the playoffs or championships. He doesn’t want the fans to feel his frustrations. He always wants to make them happy,” she added.
“When they won the last time, he was extremely happy. After the game, he kept talking about it. He told me how impressed he was with how his teammates and their new import played."
With still nine more games to go in the eliminations, Hudson, like the legion of Ginebra fanatics, is optimistic that the team will once again rise from the ashes.
“I hope, he (Caguioa) hopes. He just wants a championship. That’s why when the team had a meeting to figure out how to win, Mark was really enthusiastic. I know he tried to suggest, too."
Caguioa has openly talked about his desire to win another championship, something that has eluded Ginebra over the past five years.
“I’m getting old, and all I want now is to be in the finals and play for the championship … That’s all we want as a team,” said the reigning league MVP and three-time scoring champion.
“I am thinking about that, I could be Mark Caguioa but with no championship and we can’t even go to the Finals … What’s that? That’s nothing," he added.