|No. 14 – NLEX|
November 3, 1981 |
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Carson High School (Carson, California)|
|College||De La Salle University|
|PBA draft||2005 Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Air21 Express|
|2005–2010||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters|
|2013–2015||Air21 Express/NLEX Road Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mark "Macmac" Cardona (born November 3, 1981 in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the NLEX in the Philippine Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Captain Hook" because of his patented teardrop shots, otherwise known as the running hook, Cardona owes his moniker to former UAAP commentator Jude Turcuato.
Playing at the shooting guard spot, Cardona is one of a few players who can create, execute and complete a play with very little assistance from his teammates. With a decent shot from the outside, the ability to dish out assists, and a steady dribbling skill, he is considered a triple-threat on the hardcourt. He is considered by some as the most prolific scorer in the PBA today due to his scoring abilities and his consistency.
Mark Reynan Mikesell Cardona was born on November 3, 1981 at Mandaluyong, Metro Manila (now Mandaluyong City) to Reynaldo Cardona and Griselda. The youngest of five children, Macmac got his elementary education from various schools, which include NAMEI Polytechnic Institute, Jose Rizal College, Isaac Lopez Elementary School, and a public school in Cardona, Rizal.
He spent most of high school at Carson High School in the United States where he finished Level 10, which did not qualify him for a diploma. Mac eventually came back home to the Philippines and took the DECS (now DepEd) Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to be eligible for admission to college.
With the intent of using his basketball skills as a passport to a good college education, he walked in for a tryout with the De La Salle University Green Archers basketball team. He played for La Salle's UAAP championship team of 2001.
Despite several controversies and allegations, primarily regarding his residency and eligibility, Cardona went on to win the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Rookie of the Year award with the Green Archers in 2001. Cardona was also part of the UAAP 67th season Mythical Five and was named the Finals Most Valuable Player for the same season.
Cardona played for ICTSI-La Salle in the Philippine Basketball League from 2002–2005, where he was awarded top rookie honors as PBL Top Newcomer. After ICTSI's departure from the league, Cardona joined Harbour Centre in the 2005 PBL Unity Cup, where he was named MVP of the conference.
During his stint at the PBL, he was consistently named to the Mythical Team and also received recognition as the league's Scoring Sensation.
In his sophomore year in the league, with a career-high of 38 points - resetting his previous 30+ career outputs three times within two weeks - Cardona proved to be every bit the explosive player that he is. To date, he is the only player to be named PBA Press Corps' Player of the Week seven times within one conference (2007 Fiesta Conference). As a confirmation of his explosiveness and a testament to his overall tenacity as a player, Cardona received the PBA Conference Best Player award for the 2007 Fiesta Conference. He was also an official nominee for the coveted Most Valuable Player award of the 2006-2007 season.
On November 2008, Cardona once again reset his career statistics by tallying 42 points together with 6 rebounds to propel Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters over the Red Bull Barako. Cardona claimed that the feat sent a clear message that he deserved to be part of the Philippine National Team. Although he wasn't chosen to be part of the line-up, National Team coach Yeng Guiao was quick to point out that Cardona was considered “even if he did not score 42 points as he did against our team (Red Bull)."
Cardona won his first-ever Championship as a professional basketball player via the 2008–09 KFC-PBA Philippine Cup on February 11, 2009. Although losing on votes to the Alaska Aces' star Willie Miller for the Best Player of the Conference trophy, Cardona was awarded the PBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors for his remarkable output during the championship series.
On August 20, 2010, Cardona was traded by Talk 'N Text to Meralco in exchange of a first-round pick. Cardona played his first game for the Bolts on October 3, 2010 against the Baranggay Ginebra Kings. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes of play, including the game-winning teardrop. The Cardona-led Meralco Bolts eventually ended its maiden run at the 2010–11 PBA Philippine Cup with a 7-7 record.
PBA career statistics
|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 January 10, 2013
|2005-06||Talk 'N Text||37||17.4||.482||.271||.698||2.8||1.1||.8||.1||7.7|
|2006-07||Talk 'N Text||62||30.8||.479||.378||.687||4.4||2.5||.7||.2||18.1|
|2007-08||Talk 'N Text||37||29.0||.490||.329||.722||4.4||3.3||.7||.2||16.9|
|2008-09||Talk 'N Text||46||33.1||.448||.359||.664||4.1||2.3||1.0||.2||20.1|
|2009-10||Talk 'N Text||47||31.5||.451||.312||.693||3.8||2.9||1.0||.2||17.1|
- "Rich Man, Poor Man". uaap.pinoycentral.com via MarkCardona.net.
- "Cardona stars as Archers win". Manila Bulletin via Article Archives.com. August 24, 2001.
- "Cardona fires 42, lifts Texters". Inquirer.net. November 17, 2008.
- "Cardona lifts Tropang Texters to second straight win". Philippine Sports and Entertainment Portal Online. November 16, 2008.
- "National Coach Guiao Considered Cardona". Insidesports.ph. November 18, 2008.
- Cordova, Calvin (October 4, 2011). "Cardona leads Meralco to electrifying start". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- "PBA Profile: Mark Cardona".
|UAAP Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year
|UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
|PBA Fiesta Conference Best Player
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