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Ron Jacobs knew Caguioa was special



Barangay Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa shared how the late Ron Jacobs saw the “spark” in him when he was still a greenhorn in the PBA.

“Being a rookie, I was lost and scared. I didn’t know anything but you picked me up and told me I can be one of the best player in PBA,” Caguioa said in an Instagram post, referring to the former Philippine national team and San Miguel Beer coach.

As they say, the rest is history for Mark “The Spark” Caguioa. In fact he made history too–in 2006, he was the first guard since Allan Caidic to lead the league in points, averaging 24 a game.

That same year Caguioa tallied a career-high of 45 points. He entered the PBA in 2001, having been picked third overall by the Kings.

Caguioa, now 36, further thanked Jacobs for believing in him.

He said: “Rest in peace, Coach Ron Jacobs. I wanna take this time also for thanking you for believing in me.” Thank you again coach Ron Jacobs. You will be missed. Condolences for the Jacob’s family.”

Jacobs, 72, was hailed as PBA coach of the year in 1997. The American mentor would join the league’s Hall of Fame a decade later.

He died on Christmas Eve from complications of a stroke he suffered 14 years ago. (Christina L. Toor)