“WALA nang kangkungan!”
Mark Caguioa exclaimed what Ginebra fans have been wanting to shout at the top of their lungs over the last eight years as the team's wait for a PBA championship finally ended on a glorious Wednesday night.
In an emotional interview, the former PBA MVP held back tears as he pleaded for his longtime backcourt partner Jayjay Helterbrand to rethink his retirement plans, especially after Justin Brownlee’s buzzer-beating triple gave the Gin Kings the title-clinching 91-88 win in Game Six of the Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’ve been together every day, in practice. I don’t want him to retire,” said Caguioa, who then turned to Helterbrand standing beside him. “Don’t retire.”
"Ito ang forever eh," he added, pointing to his 'Fast N Furious' partner.
But before he ended his post-game interview, Caguioa let out one last jab at the derisive term Ginebra critics have thrown at them in their eight-year title drought.
"Wala nang kangkungan," he shouted before walking to the dugout to the delight of the Ginebra fans inside the Big Dome.
For his part, Helterbrand chose to focus on savoring the fifth championship he’s won with Caguioa as the two longest-tenured players at Ginebra.
“I don’t know coach,” said Helterbrand, referring to coach Yeng Guiao who asked him about putting his retirement plans on hold.
“I’ll talk to management and see where it goes from there. But right now, I just want to enjoy this,” he added.