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Stepping back to the old era: Allan Caidic and his legendary shooting

by Reynald Magallon, April 03, 2020 6:28pm

With all of the basketball fans caged inside their homes due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine, PBA, in partnership with Cignal brought back the classic games of the golden years of the Philippine basketball.

The new generation were able to get a glimpse of how the old generation PBA stars cemented themselves as one of the league's greatest players.

So, we at Courtside Philippines also want to go on a trip down to memory lane as we also look back to the history of the most iconic PBA legends and their most memorable games in the history.

Before the emergence of the likes of sharpshooters in Dondon Hontiveros, Jimmy Alapag, Renren Ritualo, or the current household names of streaky snipers in Marcio Lassiter, RR Pogoy and Matthew Wright, there was the man who once torched the net with his scintillating outside shooting.

Arguably, one of the best shooters of his generation, he earned the monicker of 'The Triggerman' as a nod to his accuracy from long distance, that's Allan Caidic.

The 1990 PBA MVP was one for the books in his 12 years in the league, collecting sets of accolades from his five PBA championships, six-time first Mythical Team nods,2-time second Mythical team citations and to being part of the PBA Hall of Fame.

More than the hardwares though, Caidic was best remembered for his shooting stroke that once upon a time set multiple PBA records.

In November 21, 1991, the faithful day when Caidic became a father to his daughter, Mariel, was also the day that he stamped his name to the PBA record books.

Playing with roughly three quarters, as he sat out most of the first frame, Caidic made a record and finished with 79 points in a perfect display of scoring, doing it in variety of ways in Presto Tivoli's 162-149 victory over Ginebra San Miguel.

That record remains to be the highes points scored of local in a single game up to this point.

To emphasize the difficulty of doing such, only two players in the PBA, since Caidic set the record have made it to the 50 point mark in scoring in a single game.

Asi Taulava scored 51 points for Mobiline in their game against Purefoods in 2004 and Stanley Pringle who exploded for 50 in Globalport's game against Columbian Dyip in 2018.

Still, those numbers were 20+ points short to break Caidic's record.

On that same game, Caidic also made a record by scoring the most point in a quarter with 37 points and most points in a half with 53 markers.

Caidic was able to do that because of his spotless stroke from the rainbow country. He drained another record 17 treys in that game, and a record nine long distance connections in the third quarter of that game.

The second highest number of treys made? Still, it's Caidic's with 15 makes to finish with 69 in 1989, two year before rewrote the record books.

Just like his scoring record, his three point shooting record stood the test of time and no PBA player even came close to break it.

Fellow PBA great Kenneth Duremdes, and current stars Marcio Lassiter, RR Pogoy and Chris Ross all were able to make it the double digit mark in three point makes with 10 each but were still a far cry to Caidic's legendary record.

With the free flowing offense of the new generation that saw teams jack up more treys, will Caidic's records ever be broken? or will it remain a constant reminder that "The Triggerman" will always be the greatest shooter to ever graced his feet in the PBA floor?

You be the judge.

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