Alapag insists Caidic is PH's greatest shooter ever

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2016 02:38 PM

Alapag insists Caidic is PH's greatest shooter ever 1
Allan Caidic file photo

MANILA, Philippines – With the Meralco Bolts making history by advancing to the finals for the first time ever, veteran point guard Jimmy Alapag will have at least four more games to try and break Allan Caidic's three-point shooting record in the PBA.

Heading into Game 4 of their PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series against TNT last Monday, Alapag had made 1,240 three-pointers in his legendary career, two off Caidic's all-time mark of 1,242.

At the end of the game, he was still stuck at 1,240, having missed all three three-pointers he took in the contest. Yet Alapag was too busy celebrating their stunning 94-88 upset of the KaTropa to worry about his missed chances.

"I sure didn't make any shots tonight," he later said jokingly. "It's really hard to appreciate the chase of a record for someone like Allan Caidic."

Alapag and the Bolts will face off against the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the best-of-seven finals, and it is possible that by the time the series is over, the "Mighty Mouse" will be the new record holder.

Yet Alapag insists that even if he does wind up breaking Caidic's record, "The Triggerman" will forever remain the greatest shooter the Philippines has ever produced.

"For the record," Alapag said, "he will always be the greatest shooter our country has ever seen. Record or no record, you don't do the things that he's done."

Indeed, Caidic has set some records that may likely never be broken in the PBA. He once scored 79 points in a game, the most ever by a local, and once made a staggering 17 three-pointers in a game. For comparison, the NBA record of most three-pointers in a game is 12, a mark shared by Kobe Bryant, Donyell Marshall, and Stephen Curry.

Named MVP of the PBA in the 1990 season, Caidic was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2009 and is one of the league's 25 Greatest Players of All Time.

"I'm just honored and really humbled to be included in the same class," Alapag said.

Even as he downplayed his chase of the record, Alapag recognized the need for him to take – and make – three-pointers as Meralco seeks the first title in franchise history.

"Hopefully, I do get it," said Alapag. "I'm going to need to make some shots (against Ginebra)."

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