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By Musong R. Castillo

Mark Caguioa, Barangay Ginebra’s leading local scorer last year, has just gotten his knees to “80 percent” healthy and would likely miss the eliminations of the Motolite Fiesta Cup for the defending champion Gin Kings.

Coach Jong Uichico bared this Sunday night before scouting teams at the Araneta Coliseum, saying he would only want Caguioa to return “if he is perfectly fit and ready to play.”

Caguioa missed the entire KFC-Philippine Cup won by Talk ‘N Text as he received treatment for tendonitis on both knees in the United States, where he still is at the moment.

“I’d prefer that he recover completely before he comes home,” Uichico said.

Caguioa played last year’s Fiesta Cup with extreme pain on both knees but was still good enough to help import Chris Alexander and a solid local crew come back from a 2-3 deficit to win over Air21.

The former Glendale Community College standout actually won last season’s scoring title with an average of 24.9 points. He also normed 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Incidentally, the Kings open defense of their title on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City opposite Coca-Cola with returning import Rod Nealy bannering the team.

Reigning Player of the Conference Jay-Jay Helterbrand will be Uichico’s foremost local in the continued absence of Caguioa.

Wednesday’s schedule also pits Alaska against San Miguel in a twin-bill which coincides with the inauguration of the new Antipolo provincial capitol, near the games venue.

Rizal Gov. Jun-Jun Ynares will treat his province-mates to free admission to the games starting with the Alaska-San Miguel setto at 4:50 p.m.

Ginebra and the Tigers, who will be reinforced by JJ Sullinger, also a lefty like Nealy, tangle in the 7:30 p.m. contest.

Galen Young returns to Alaska while Nate Carter debuts for the Beermen.

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Post on Thu May 28, 2009 8:25 am by jamj3

Barangay Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa may miss the rest of the PBA season due to tendonitis on both knees.

The six-foot Caguioa missed the entire Philippine Cup as well as the classification phase of the season-ending Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup after he injured his shoulder last year. He is currently in the United States undergoing rehabilitation program to both injuries.

Ginebra coach Jong Uichico said there’s no latest news yet or an evaluation from the Physical Therapist (PT) on Caguioa’s condition.

"Until now wala pa din," Uichico said Wednesday.

Uichico said he’s still unsure on whether to include Caguioa in the line-up for the playoffs because he’s still awaiting the final evaluation on his player’s condition.

Just like sister-team San Miguel Beer, Ginebra also secured an outright semis berth after beating Rain or Shine in a playoff.

The Kings started the reinforced-conference with a 1-5 record, but their fortunes improved after replacing Rod Nealy with David Noel as their import. They went on to win seven of their final eight games in the classification round.

Another Ginebra player on the injured list is Junthy Valenzuela, who played a key role when they won the championship last year in a seven-game thriller against Air21 (now Burger King). Valenzuela suffered a knee injury during the Philippine Cup.

"He’s been practicing, but with the way he’s moving mukhang malabo pa. Sana by now he’s doing well na pero hindi pa e," Uichico said.

Uichico, however, feels that with the way things are going right now, he would rather keep the current roster so as to not disrupt the chemistry, saying: "We’re doing alright. When we’re winning, that means maganda ang chemistry."

Jay-Jay Helterbrand, who has a minor hamstring injury, is expected to return to action in the Final Four, while expected to contribute are players who returned from various injuries like former MVP Eric Menk, Raffi Reavis and Billy Mamaril.

Also expected to provide help in the Kings bid to repeat as Fiesta Cup champion are newcomers like Cyrus Baguio, JC Intal and Chico Lanete, as well as mainstays Ronald Tubid and Paul Artadi.


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