While most attention was on import Justin Brownlee during Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, it couldn't be denied that Mark Caguioa played a big role in their 127-99 rout of San Miguel.
"The Spark" was instrumental in the first half stretch that allowed the Gin Kings to erect a huge lead over the fancied Beermen.
"That lift he gave us in the second quarter was huge, and he's always capable of that," Ginebra coach Tim Cone said in the PBA website.
Cone believes the 38-year-old Caguioa seems to perform better during crucial games.
"I'm never afraid to put Mark in the game because he's always gonna come out and be aggressive. And he's gonna come out and he's gonna look for his shot, and he's gonna make the defense play him. And those are the three great things to have coming off the bench," he said.
If Ginebra takes the crown, it will be Caguioa's seventh title since turning pro in 2001.
He was part of the mythical Ginebra squad that won the 2004 Fiesta Conference, 2004-05 Philippine Cup, 2006-07 Philippine Cup and 2008 Fiesta Conference crowns.
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