GLOBALPORT gunner Mark Macapagal reclaimed the three-point shootout crown he lost last year to Chris Tiu by hitting a record 24 points in the finals of the PBA All-Star Week side event at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The sweet-shooting Macapagal, who topped the elimination with 23 points, continued his torrid shooting in the finals, going 10-of-11 during one stretch to win his fourth three-point shootout title over the last five years.
Tiu rallied during the last two racks after knocking down several balls, before winding up with 22 points while Alaska playmaker JV Casio, the third finalist, finished with 20 points.
“Last year kasi galing ako sa bakayson, medyo di ako gaanong nakapag-prepare pero ngayon, nakapag-practice ako everyday kaya nakuha ko na yung rhythm ko,” said the 34-year-old Macapagal.
The 6-2 Macapagal, a last-minute pick up from the free agent market by GlobalPort, said he is dedicating his individual title to the Batang Pier fans, who continued to support the team despite a winless campaign through seven games in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
“Dine-dedicate ko itong panalo ko sa mga GlobalPort fans, kasi kahit wala kaming panalo, nasa likod namin sila,” said Macapagal, the 18th overall pick in the 2005 PBA Draft who owns a PBA career-average of 33.4 percent shooting from the three-point zone.