Waking up Ginebra: Mark Caguioa sparks Gin Kings past Meralco to end losing skid

InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, April 2, 2014 · 10:09 pm

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After calling out his Barangay Ginebra San Miguel teammates amid their slow start in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup, Mark Caguioa walked the talk, sparking the team to an 88-78 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Prior to the game, Caguioa took to Twitter as the Gin Kings started the tournament with a 2-4 record.

“If this team play the way we practice we would be unstoppable. Kaso pag meron ng camera wala na parang pa pogian lang. Walang gigil at galit sa laro. Gusto ko rin makita na sana yung nakikipag laban sa bangaan hindi yung lagi kami tinitulak or binabanga #LETSWAKEUPGINEBRA” he wrote on his account.

Caguioa came out aggressive, scoring seven points in the first quarter to set the tone for the Gin Kings, who took a 27-21 lead in the opening period.

But the Bolts battled back behind new import Darnell Jackson, who had 25 points. Behind his inside game, Meralco took the lead briefly midway through the fourth period.

Ginebra was ahead by a hairline, 71-70, when Caguioa hit a three-pointer. That shot touched off a 15-3 run that put the game away for the Gin Kings.

Debuting Ginebra import Josh Powell had a quiet game with 16 points. Chris Ellis also had 16, leading five locals in double-figures for the Gin Kings.

Meralco dropped to 3-4 in a tie with the Gin Kings in the standings.

The scores:

Ginebra 88 –Powell 16, Ellis 16, Slaughter 15, Caguioa 13, Tenorio 10, Urbiztondo 10, Aguilar 3, Helterbrand 3, Baracael 2, Mamaril 0.

Meralco 78 — Jackson 25, David 18, Dillinger 11, Hugnatan 9, Hodge 9, Caram 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Artadi 12, Ildefonso 0, Sena 0, Guevarra 0, Wilson 0, Mandani 0.

Quarters: 27-21; 44-40; 63-60; 88-78

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/waking-up-ginebra-mark-caguioa-sparks-gin-kings-past-meralco-to-end-losing-skid

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