MARK Caguioa’s minutes have gone up and down in the PBA Governors Cup under rookie Barangay Ginebra coach Frankie Lim.
But when the game is on the line and his number is called, the superstar showed he can still deliver.
No wonder Lim was all praises for the 'reliable' Caguioa after the former league MVP delivered a big basket cold from the bench to help Ginebra pull off a 111-108 overtime victory over GlobalPort on Wednesday night.
“Mark started slow. Nagmintis muna ng apat or anim muna 'yata siya sa game. But in the endgame, one of those last plays, we opted to go to Mark and he simply delivered,” Lim told sports scribes at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The six-foot guard had 10 points but made just five of his first 16 shots in the game, sitting out the entire fourth quarter and overtime until he was yanked out by Lim with Ginebra trailing by one.
He responded by hitting the jumper in the lane that put Ginebra on top for good, 109-108.
“Maasahan talaga si Mark,” said Lim.
Caguioa insisted he doesn't mind how many minutes he gets to play in games, or on whether he is on the court for crucial situations or not - so long as Ginebra wins.
“When you play, you don’t really think about that (playing time). Whatever minutes the coach gives you, you just gotta go with it,” he said. “Si coach naman, alam niya and I don’t care if I get in there and play 10 or 12 minutes.
"I just wanna win, that’s all I care (about),” he added.
On Lim's praise, Caguioa said: “Siyempre, parang nakakataas ng morale 'yun.”