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    Helterbrand says Caguioa can still cut it in PBA: 'May asim pa'

    Feb 17, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    JAYJAY Helterbrand insisted he has no plans of unretiring after his stellar performance in the Return of the Rivals charity game between Ginebra and Purefoods.

    The 42-year-old Helterbrand had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for a triple-double in Ginebra’s 97-89 win over Purefoods in a benefit game that lured a sellout crowd to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Helterbrand laughed when told about a few fans clamoring a comeback after witnessing his performance.

    “I don’t think so,” said the former Ginebra guard. “It was just for fun. Again, na-ano lang ako sa energy ng crowd. I don’t want to let the team down. I pushed myself a little bit over the limit. Masakit nga katawan ko. I need an ice bath right now.”


      Helterbrand was the youngest among the league greats who saw action for Ginebra in the old-timers' match against the Alvin Patrimonio-led Purefoods side.

      Helterbrand, who formed a vaunted pairing with Mark Caguioa at Ginebra, before he called it quits in 2017, said he is still constantly talking with his former partner.

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      “We talk everyday. I said to him, ‘We are waiting for him next year, you’ll be joining us,’” said Helterbrand. “Kaya pa naman ni Mark. I wish him luck."

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      For Helterbrand though, Caguioa can still play with the best of them.

      “We talk. He is actually, you know, he is starting to think about it. But when I went to their practice last week, malakas pa si Mark. May asim pa,” said Helterbrand.

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