MARK Caguioa is closing in on 10,000 career points, but there was something other than his scoring that gave Barangay Ginebra something to cheer about in Game Three before San Miguel had that big juggernaut in the second half.
According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, the former PBA MVP is only 34 points shy of the 10,000-point club. Only 14 players are on that list with James Yap of Rain or Shine as the only active player in that elite club.
A hustle play, however, kept the Ginebra crowd alive on Wednesday night in one of the few bright spots for the Kings in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Near the seven-minute mark of the second period, Caguioa dove for the ball in front of the Kings bench. The Ginebra veteran did save the ball and in the ensuing battle for the ball, the Kings were able to call a timeout to save the possession.
Ginebra fans roared in approval following Caguioa’s hustle play. But after a close first half, San Miguel pulled away from Barangay Ginebra, leading by as many as 40 points on the way to a 132-94 victory.
Still, Caguioa's vintage performance is a ray of hope for the Kings.
Caguioa showed his championship experience as he finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, while getting five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 20 minutes of action.
In the series opener, Caguioa also had quality minutes, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, and one assist in 11 minutes of action.