IF only for the sake of their long-starving, never-say-die fans, former Ginebra coach and cage great Allan Caidic hopes Barangay Ginebra finally gets to end its eight-year PBA title drought.
The 53-year-old cage great watched Game Five the best-of-seven finals between the Kings and Meraclo Bolts on Sunday together with his two daughters and saw his former team come out a 92-81 winner to move on the brink of bagging its first league title since 2008.
Leading the best-of-seven title series, 3-2, the Kings have a chance to close things out with another victory in Game Six on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Caidic hopes Ginebra would do so.
“May isang game pa, sana makuha na nila by Wednesday kasi talagang hinihintay na ng mga fans ito,” said Caidic in a quick chat with SPIN.ph. “Ito na kasi yung pinakamalapit.”
Caidic, who guided Ginebra to the 2001 All-Filipino Cup finals during Mark Caguioa’s rookie season, went inside the dugout of the Kings after the game but never said his piece.
No need, according to him.
“Hindi na, ang ganda naman ng laro nila,” he said. “Tama na yun. I’m happy for the win.”
The former national team standout from the University of the East later accompanied his daughters to have their pictures taken with Ginebra players.
The only thing Caidic regretted was failing to personally talk to Meralco guard Jimmy Alapag, who recently surpassed his long-standing record for the most number of three-pointers made in a career.
“Hindi nga e,” he replied when asked if he had a chance to meet up with the 38-year-old veteran guard. “Babatiin ko nga sana, i-congratulate ko personally sana before the game, pero ayaw ko namang maistorbo yung game niya.”
“Kapag nagkaroon na lang ng chance.”
That chance may not come in the finals as Caidic is set to leave on Wednesday with several PBA legends to play exhibition games in Scotland.
He won't be able to see if ever, Barangay Ginebra’s – or Meralco's – coronation night.