WHERE Mark Caguioa goes, Barangay Ginebra follows.
The charismatic shooting guard proved how valuable he is to the Kings after towing them to back-to-back wins behind a couple of solid games that turned around what had been a lackluster PBA Philippine Cup campaign.
Caguioa poured in 19 points in an 81-79 thriller over newcomer GlobalPort Friday night that snapped the team’s five-game losing streak.
The reigning league MVP then did an encore two nights later when he fired 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 104-101 win over defending champion Talk `N Text in a game that saw Caguioa return from the dugout after suffering a half-inch cut just about his left eye.
His determined bid not only endeared him further to Barangay Ginebra fans, but also earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period covering November 5 to 11.
Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen has nothing but praises for his prized player, whose brilliant plays have obviously rekindled the franchise’s playoffs aspirations.
“Mark exemplifies the spirit of Ginebra,” said Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen on Monday. "Tulad kagabi, kahit dumugo na 'yung mata bumalik pa rin siya at naglaro pa din. And when we needed the big baskets, he stepped up."
But Caguioa was quick to give credit to his teammates especially now that the entire team seems to have become more familiar to Tanquingcen's tinkered system, which had been largely blamed for the Kings' five-game losing skein.
“I think everyone is on the same page now and everyone believes that we can still turn things around. We added new plays and everyone is getting involved, especially our big men,” said Caguioa.
“And I'm glad coach Siot added all his new plays and kept everyone intact. I could see good things coming out of this because even though we lost five straight the whole coaching staff kept reminding all the players that it's not over yet.”