Mark Caguioa

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Mark Caguioa
Mark Caguioa by Paul Ryan Tan of InterAKTV.jpg
No. 47 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Position Shooting guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1979-11-19) November 19, 1979 (age 34)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, California)
College Glendale CC (1997–1999)
PBA draft 2001 Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Barangay Ginebra Kings
Pro career 2001–present
Career history
2001–present Barangay Ginebra Kings
Career highlights and awards
  • 1999 Eagle Rock High School - Most Valuable Player
  • 2000 Glendale Community College - Mythical First Team

Philippine Basketball Association

FIBA Philippine Team

Mark Anthony Caguioa (born November 19, 1979 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player, playing for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippine Basketball Association. Known by many as The Spark, he is also known, along with backcourt tandem Jayjay Helterbrand as one-half of the so-called, The Fast and The Furious.

Collegiate career[edit]

Caguioa was born and raised in the Philippines, spending his adolescent days in the United States and playing collegiate ball at the Glendale Community College. He was named into the First Team All-Western State Conference honors of the 1999–2000 season.

Barangay Ginebra Kings (2001–present)[edit]

In 2001, Caguioa was drafted by Barangay Ginebra Kings as third overall pick. Expectations were not high as Caguioa started as a role player and reliever to superstar but aging Vergel Meneses. However, after showing strong performances and leading the Kings to the 2001 All-Filipino finals, he became very popular. With his killer cross-overs, slashing drives to the basket, and penchant for making clutch plays, Caguioa earned the respect and admiration of the Filipino basketball fans. His exciting brand of play earned him the moniker "The Spark." At the end of his first season, Caguioa was the third Ginebra player since Dondon Ampalayo in 1986 and Marlou Aquino in 1996 to win the Rookie of the Year award. He recently won the Most Coveted MVP plum last conference topping Gary David to bag the prestigious award.

The Fast and The Furious[edit]

In the 2004–2005 season, Caguioa along with his comeback partner Jayjay Helterbrand, formed a strong backcourt tandem, which ABC Sports later dubbed as the "The Fast and The Furious". Their tandem enabled Ginebra to win back-to-back championships. Caguioa also set his then career high during the season, scoring 43 points (he later eclipsed this by scoring 45 points) in Game 4 of the Philippine Cup Finals against the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals.

In the 2006 Philippine Cup, Caguioa was still showing brilliance in his game earning him the Player of the Week honors thrice. He also led the league scoring at 24 points per game, and broke his previous career high by scoring 45 points despite a losing effort to Red Bull in the quarterfinals. He became the first guard ever to finished a single season as the league's leading scorer since Allan Caidic in 1995.

In the 2007 Philippine Cup, Caguioa averaged 24.7 per game in the 23 games he played. He also led the league in statistical points for the Best Player of the Conference Award. Caguioa piloted Ginebra to their seventh championship in franchise history by besting the San Miguel Beermen in a best-of-seven showdown by ending it in Game 6. During their series against Talk 'N Text in the semifinals, Caguioa scored 34, 31, 26, 35, and 31 points respectively. Mark Caguioa won the 2007 PBA Best Player of the Conference.

Caguioa again helped his team during the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference by grabbing their eight championship. He also led the league in scoring.

There were also speculations that the Sydney Kings of the NBL in Australia was really impressed with his performance, and they offered him a contract to play for their team. But unfortunately, the NBL terminated the license of the Sydney Kings after the club’s ownership failed to remedy outstanding player payments outlined in a default notice issued to the club.

In the 2008–09 season, Caguioa failed to suit up for Kings due to his therapy in the United States for tendonitis on both knees.

MVP[edit]

2012: Finally Mark "the Spark" Caguioa gets the MVP award and he also got his back to back BPC award. He has been awarded a Best Player of the Conference in the year of 2011 and 2012.

National team[edit]

Caguioa was named in the RP Training Pool for future international competitions. He has participated in several exhibition games against the Iranian National Team and the NBL team Sydney Kings in mid-2005, where he impressed the latter team's coach by scoring 27 points in the said game.[1][2] He has also played in the 2005 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup held in the Philippines, in which they finished 5th in the event. He averaged 19.8 points per game and 3.4 rebound per game in the said tournament.

However, Caguioa was eventually left out of the team. It was due to national mentor Chot Reyes' claim that Caguioa has failed to appear in several practice sessions.

In 2007, he finally joined the RP Team that won the Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship with a perfect record and finished 9th place with a record of 5–2 in the FIBA Asia Championship.

Controversies[edit]

  • A mini-controversy happened in 2005 when he spoke a Filipino vulgar word during a live interview of a game between Caguioa's team against the Sta. Lucia Realtors. He did not receive any form of punishment from the PBA for his comments.
  • Caguioa once had a rivalry with then-Sta. Lucia player Alex Cabagnot, who now plays for the GlobalPort Batang Pier. It was mainly because Cabagnot broke some of Caguioa's scoring records at Eagle Rock High School. They had several episodes of commentaries regarding each other in interviews, and were seen trash talking in camera during their first two encounters. The rivalry apparently cooled off as Cabagnot failed to live up to everyone's expectations.[3]
  • Aside from being left out of the national team, Caguioa was also sanctioned by the league for his failure to appear in the 2006 PBA All-Star Game held in Cagayan de Oro City. Through his agent Danny Espiritu, he said he was suffering from an injury and had to beg off from coming.
  • Prior to the start of the 2006 Philippine Cup, Caguioa vowed to run naked (or half-naked) along the streets of Shaw Boulevard if the Kings failed to defend the title during a pre-tournament interview with ABC Sports. His team eventually lost the title, but he reneged on his earlier promise.
  • On May 17, 2006, Caguioa was ejected during Ginebra's 99–88 defeat against the Coca-Cola Tigers for two technical fouls. The first technical happened after he vehemently complained a call against then-Tigers guard John Arigo. The second offense was for throwing the ball into the stands after a foul was called on him. The league also suspended Caguioa during their loss against Air21 on May 20.
  • He was fined by former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala for failing to attend the 2006 PBA Annual Awards, where he was included in the Mythical Second team.
  • He was suspended for one game for throwing the ball at a game official during the Kings-Air21 Express match on May 5, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum and Commissioner Sonny Barrios also fined Caguioa 20,000 pesos.
  • The PBA fined Mark Caguioa P20,000 for his comments against referees following the Gin Kings’ loss to Alaska on September 1, 2013 as well as the issuing statements to media critical of officiating and considered inimical to the interest of the PBA.[4]

PBA Career Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of August 3, 2014[5]

Season-by-Season Averages[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001-02 Ginebra 52 26.1 .467 .422 .870 4.9 1.7 1.0 .1 15.8
2002-03 Ginebra 30 29.5 .438 .333 .865 4.2 2.3 .6 .03 16.3
2003-04 Ginebra 41 35.6 .421 .329 .750 6.0 2.7 1.0 .05 26.3
2004–05 Ginebra 78 37.4 .491 .331 .799 6.3 3.1 1.0 .1 18.6
2005–06 Ginebra 48 37.7 .418 .258 .741 5.8 2.5 1.0 .2 20.6
2006–07 Ginebra 30 38.7 .425 .329 .738 4.9 4.4 .9 .2 24.6
2007–08 Ginebra 39 32.1 .486 .304 .648 4.2 2.2 .8 .1 19.8
2009–10 Ginebra 34 22.7 .428 .225 .785 3.1 1.6 .8 .03 14.9
2010–11 Ginebra 57 28.7 .418 .309 .759 5.3 2.4 .7 .04 16.0
2011–12 Ginebra 41 30.6 .397 .330 .760 4.8 2.3 .7 .1 19.3
2012–13 Ginebra 41 32.2 .403 .283 .728 4.5 2.6 .68 .02 17.2
2013–14 Ginebra 26 24.7 .404 .385 .803 3.5 2.1 .3 0.1 10.6
Career 517 33.6 .438 .317 .759 5.0 2.5 .84 0.1 16.72

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Danny Seigle
PBA Philippine Cup Best Player Award
2006–07
Succeeded by
Kelly Williams
Preceded by
Jimmy Alapag
PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Player Award
2012
Succeeded by
(incumbent)
Preceded by
Arwind Santos
PBA Governors Cup Best Player Award
2012
Succeeded by
(incumbent)