|Mark Caguioa fan art|
Manila Clasico. For the last time in the PBA 37th season, Ginebra and BMEG battled it out for the last finals seat. And it did not disappoint. 14,068 fans witnessed Philippine basketball at its best.
So much was on the line including Mark Caguioa's MVP chances. Fans screamed out of the top of their lungs until the very last second of the game. Even those watching on their tv sets felt the intensity inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Then PJ Simon made a game winning put back coming off a Blakely miss. Mark Caguioa was helpless. He and the Brgy. Ginebra Kings had a chance to either tie or win the ball game but...they fell short. It was a heart breaker..for Mark and his legions of fans. Then suddenly, I sensed the collective disappointment from the whole barangay.
Stil, I strongly feel MC47 will win the Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference Award. His semifinals averages are over the top except in those BMEG losses. Don't even mention Gary David. He played in beast mode but his team was completely forgotten in the Govs' Cup. Was it the Tigers? Even 2-time MVP James Yap would admit Mark Caguioa played better than him this conference.
Now, if Caguioa wins the BPC award for the second time, which means back to back, he will definitely win the hardware his fans have long been waiting for..the PBA Most Valuable Player plum.
For Ginebra fans, they deserve nothing less but a championship.
Maybe next season when the team will be known as Ginebra San Miguel. New jersey. New logo. New hope. Same never say die spirit.
But this time, a good consolation prize awaits us: Mark Caguioa's BPC and MVP award.