Caidic steals show in NBA Asia Challenge
|NBA legend Glen Rice with Allan "The Triggerman" Caidic. (Photo by Dennis Gaviola, abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines -- “It was all Trigger, Trigger, Trigger.”
This was how NBA legend Glen Rice aptly called the show that his teammate "Triggerman" Allan Caidic pulled off in leading the Red Team to a 177-167 win against the White Team in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
Rice, a sweet-shooter himself, was in awe of Caidic’s shooting display as the 47-year-old PBA legend dropped 54 points on 14 three-pointers in just 24 minutes of play.
Caidic, who holds the all-time local scoring record in the PBA with 79 points, showed why he was called the Triggerman.
“My best and worst memory of this game is the Triggerman. I hate that guy,” White Team’s Chris Webber jokingly said after the game.
Caidic drilled in 6 three-pointers in the first half to keep the Red Team within striking distance of the White Team, who led 94-92 at the half.
Then Caidic added 8 more as Gary Payton and Glen Rice repeatedly looked for him in the second half.
It was still tight at the end of the third period as both teams locked 124-124.
NBA D-League star and former PBA import Richie Frahm even stopped at one point during the fourth period to get his jersey signed by Caidic, who was resting on the bench.
It worked wonders as Frahm connected on consecutive three-pointers to pull the White Team within 144-147.
Then Caidic checked back in and the Red Team’s lead ballooned to 13, 161-148, after Caidic dropped back-to-back three-pointers of his own with 4:05 left.
The White Team never threatened again even as Burnie, the Miami Heat’s mascot, also joined the fun and
|NBA players in action. (Photo by Dennis Gaviola, abs-cbnNEWS.com)
scored on a layup that was credited to Caidic.
Caidic sank 14 of 26 three-pointers and made all his 6 other field goals inside the arc to go with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal against only a single turnover in the free-flowing game that saw 7
deadlocks and 19 lead changes.
“We heard a lot about him (Caidic) and those were proven true tonight. Man, he was just incredible,” said Payton, who had 7 points and 6 assists.
Rice made 5 three-pointers and finished with 19 points on top of 8 rebounds and 5 assists all of them issued to Caidic.
“I’ll be telling and keep on telling about the Triggerman,” said Rice, who lost to Caidic in the three-point shootout side event, 5-7, during the break.
“Na-inspire ako sa game ‘nung nakita kong pinapasa nila sa Glen (Rice), Gary (Payton) ang bola. The pressure was there to make the shot and I’m happy that we had this opportunity to showcase Filipino talent [before NBA greats],” Caidic said.
Fortune Cookie's misfortunes
It was the same pressure that his teammate Atoy Co, the 59-year-old PBA legend, felt when he went 0-of-15 before making his first shot in the game.
Co, who was called Fortune Cookie during his heydays with the legendary Crispa Redmanizers, was the other Filipino who stole the show as the crowd and his NBA legend teammates egged him to keep on firing.
The 1979 PBA MVP who was known for his fadeaway jump shots and was tagged as the best shooter in the league in his prime, made his first shot at the 5:24 mark of the third period and the crowd roared in approval.
|NBA Asia Red Team poses with fans following their victory. (Photo by Dennis Gaviola, abs-cbnNEWS.com)
Co finished with 10 points on 5-of-21 shooting.
“To be playing at that age  is a blessing. I don’t know if I can still play the game when I reach that age,” said Webber, who had 24 points on an array of jumpers and dunks, to pace the losing squad.
Webber confessed that it was his first game in 2 years.
The other NBA legend in the White Team, Mitch Richmond, who told one of the NBA Asia staff that he would top score this game, failed on his promise as he only made 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
“I played terrible out there. Now I’m making excuses. But seriously, this is a historical moment for us. I never imagined playing in the same building where Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought in the [classic] Thrilla in Manila. This is something, which I will tell my kids and my grandkids,” Richmond said.
Richmond and all the three NBA legends shared they had fun going up and down and interacting with the most rabid basketball fans in Asia.
"Thank you [Filipino fans]. We can't wait to come back here," Rice said.
Red Team 177 – Caidic 54, Lazare 22, Rice 19, Santos 16, Meneses 16, Maierhofer 15, McCray 11, Co 10, Tenorio 7, Payton 7.
White Team 167 – Frahm 24, Webber 24, Tyndale 22, Hontiveros 20, Paras 18, Magsanoc 16, Patrimonio 16, Richmond 16, Tubid 13.
Quarters: 38-44, 92-94, 124-124, 177-167.