Mark Caguioa is the heart and soul of this team. As the team’s leading local scorer, he is expected to carry much of the scoring load behind their import. Caguioa is also the team’s emotional leader and motivator, doing whatever it takes to help the team pull out a victory. The fans expect Ginebra to be a championship contender as long as Mark Caguioa is healthy, giving them MVP type performances night in and night out. Aside from James Yap, it’s probably hardest to be in the shoes of Caguioa… the blame is on you when the team losses, but you are a hero when the team wins.
Caguioa looked like he was on the way to another MVP type of performance before the injury bug bit him. In nine games played, he was the league’s leading local scorer, averaging 22.8 points for the Barangay. Even more impressive was how efficient he was at scoring, posting a conference high 45% field goal percentage. During Ginebra’s poor start, Caguioa was the only consistent player and the lone bright spot for the team.
The MCL injury derailed what looked like another spectacular conference for Caguioa. When he was healthy, the only negative that could be placed on his game was his defense, but he was never really known for being a strong defender.
Truthfully, Caguioa deserves an incomplete here since the injury took him out for most of the conference. After the injury, Caguioa became Ginebra’s most vocal cheerleader on the bench, even taking time to coach his teammates during game breaks. Entering the Governor’s Cup, it looks like Caguioa will be fully healthy again. Look for him to come out with a vengeance and put up monster numbers right from the get-go.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Approval Ratings
|Elmer Espiritu||Robert Labagala||Billy Mamaril||Kerby Raymundo||Jayjay Helterbrand|
|Mac Baracael||Rudy Hatfield||Chris Ellis||LA Tenorio||Mark Caguioa|