MANILA, Philippines – Mark Caguioa made history on Sunday when he became the only player to play 18 seasons for a single franchise, breaking the record previously held by Alvin Patrimonio and Harvey Carey.
The 40-year-old rifle guard was a late replacement Barangay Ginebra wins 105-91 over Meralco PBA in the Philippine Cup at the University of Angeles Foundation Gym.
According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, his late entry into the game, more precisely, the accuracy of the fourth was 6:35, officially making him the all-time leader who played for one franchise.
Ginebra head coach Tim Cone had only nice words for Caguioa, which he described as one of the team’s best friends and veterans on the Gin Kings team.
“I don’t think I was next to a player who is more than happy to be next,” Cone said. “He never offers, he never gets nervous, his teammates love him. Having his own story, he can really demand it, but he doesn’t. “
“It’s great that he’s on the first team because he has great leadership.”
Caguioa also recalculated the Fadeaway jumper with 1:15 left, giving Ginebra an advantage of 103-84, marking his first goal of the season and points this season, reaching 10,073 points.
“We love that Mark is here and is part of the team that leads the young guys. He’s talking to Arvin [Tolentino], Jerrick (Balanza) and Kent (Salado), and he talks to them mostly on the team. ”
Caguioa 2001 He entered the league as Ginebra’s third choice and has since won the league’s MVP and eight titles with the franchise.
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