Jan 21, 2020

Caguioa returning to Ginebra for 1 more season

Barangay Ginebra veteran Mark Caguioa, 40, said he's not about to hang up his sneakers just yet.

"As long as I can. There's no timetable. As long as my body is holding up. I'm going to continue to play," said Caguioa, the 2012 MVP and eight-time champion who is entering his 19th season in the PBA.

"The Spark" has lately taken a backseat to the likes of LA Tenorio, Stanley Pringle, and Scottie Thompson but is always ready when called upon for quality minutes off the bench.

"I enjoy every minute of it. I may not be playing a lot of minutes. I enjoy being in the backseat, looking at how guys are developing. Like I said, it's really nice to see guys coming out of their shells," he said.

The 6-foot-1 shooting guard announced he was playing at least one more year for the Gin Kings during their post-Governors' Cup championship last Monday.

Sponsored content:
"Coach Al pulled me aside, sinabi niya he's going to give me one more year so I'm grateful for that," said Caguioa, referring to Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone is pleased to have the influential Caguioa in the team.

"Very happy that he has chosen to play another year. Mark is a great chemistry guy, teammate and leader. He's a joy to be around, plus he plays hard all the time and is always ready to play at any situation. We're honored to have him back," said Cone.

Caguioa and the Gin Kings are deadset on annexing the Philippine Cup, a tournament that's long been the domain of San Miguel Beer.

"I think we're just getting ready for the All Filipino. Like I told the other guys, we really want to win this bad lalo na wala si Justin (Bronwnlee)." he said.

Sponsored content:
"We're gonna look ahead of ourselves. All Filipino, parang mahirap talunin ang San Miguel. They're the team to beat and like I said, if we could do that. that would mean a lot for each one of our players. Yun pinakagusto namin dun eh, ang manalo ng All Filipino," he said. (OL)