Mark Caguioa provided the needed spark for Barangay Ginebra as he anchored a scorching rally and led his team to an 83-80 come-from-behind win over Petron Blaze Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Caguioa scattered 12 of his team-high 19 points in the final six minutes as he restored order to the Kings’ gloomy offense and helped his squad snap a two-game skid for a 3-2 mark.
“Honestly, ‘yung offense namin hindi ganoon kaganda. So when I came back, I just got the feel of the game,” said Caguioa, who also had three rebounds. “I wasn’t really shooting that well.”
Staring a 73-66 deficit, the Ginebra spitfire was inserted back in the game after shooting horribly in the first three quarters, and he did not let his team down.
“It’s a great feeling. Mark Caguioa made it possible. He’s a scoring machine,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen, who dedicated the win to San Miguel Corporation chairman Danding Cojuangco, who was celebrating his birthday. “I’m privileged working with these guys but it’s still a long way to go.”
Caguioa hit a jumper and a three-pointer to ignite a 13-0 blast that allowed Ginebra to reclaim the lead at 79-73 with 51.7 seconds remaining.
Petron import Eddie Basden ended the drought with a lay-up. After Caguioa split his free throws, Basden scored anew in the next play to make it 80-77 with 32.1 seconds left.
Caguioa was sent to the 15-foot line by Alex Cabagnot and calmly sank both charities. But Cabagnot made the game interesting with a three-pointer that cut the lead, 82-80, with 21.5 seconds left in the game.
Kerby Raymundo split his own charities off Arwind Santos’ foul, 83-80, giving Petron a shot to send the game into extra time.
But Cabagnot’s final three-point attempt fell short and the Boosters absorbed their second straight loss for a 3-3 win-loss mark.
Cedric Bozeman added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings while Raymundo contributed 15 and eight.
Basden and Lutz each had 15 points for the Boosters while Dennis Miranda netted 13 for coach Ato Agustin.
GINEBRA 83 – Caguioa 19, Bozeman 16, Raymundo 15, Ababou 6, Maierhofer 6, Hatfield 6, Maliksi 5, Villanueva 4, Canaleta 2, Cortez 2, Helterbrand 2.
PETRON 80 – Basden 15, Lutz 15, Miranda 13, Ildefonso 11, Washington 10, Santos 9, Cabagnot 6, Yeo 1, Reyes 0, Pena 0.
Quarters: 19-21, 40-40, 58-65, 83-80
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