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Fiba.com: Allan started playing in the Inter Subdivision Leagues at Brookside, in Cainta before trying out for college teams such as the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Mapua University and the San Juan de Letran but was unsuccessful. He was later accepted in the University of the East (UE) in 1981 and spent his first year on the bench.
In 1982, Caidic, at 19, led the University of the East Red Warriors to a comeback win against the University of the Philippines (UP) in the finals to capture the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball championship and won the Most Valuable Player award.
In his final two years, Caidic along with Jerry Codiñera led the Red Warriors to back-to-back championships in 1984-1985, the last University of the East basketball team ever to win a championship in the 20th Century. At the same time, he played for several teams in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) while playing for the national team.
In 1983-1985, Caidic was part of Danding Cojuangco’s Northern Consolidated basketball program, which formed a competitive team to compete at club and international levels. The team composed of selected college players in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League - notably Caidic, Samboy Lim, Hector Calma and his UE teammate Jerry Codiñera with three American veterans, Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and hotshot Arthur “Chip” Engelland.
In 1983, Caidic played for the Philippines in the 1983 FIBA Asia Championship, where the national team was penalized after fielding three foreigners, and became the first ever unbeaten national team in a basketball tournament ever to finish without a medal.
The team played in the 1984-1985 PBA seasons as an all-amateur guest team and eventually won the 1985 PBA Reinforced Conference championship, sweeping the Manila Beers 4-0 in the final series.
The NCC team also competed internationally as the San Miguel Philippines, winning the 1984 FIBA Asian Club Basketball Championship Cup and the 1985 William Jones Cup International Basketball Championship, and represented Asia in the FIBA World Club Basketball Championship in Gerona, Spain.
In 1985 Jones Cup, Caidic played in the San Miguel Philippines’ overtime victory against the USA. His shooting mentor, Arthur “Chip” Engelland, scored 43 points while Caidic scored 21, to lead the Filipinos in a 108-100 overtime victory to capture the Jones Cup title.
Under the NCC program, Caidic led the Philippines in capturing the 1985 South East Asian Games Basketball Gold Medal and in 1986, he led the last all-amateur national team to capture the FIBA Asia Championship gold medal and scored 22 points in the 82-72 finals victory against China.
After winning the Asian Championship, the Philippines qualified for the 1986 FIBA World Championship at Madrid, Spain, but due to the political crisis in the country (that leads to the Philippine People Power EDSA Revolution); the national team did not participate in the tournament.
Caidic is a four-time veteran of the Asian Games as a player and shared this distinction with Alvin Patrimonio, as the only PBA players to play in four Asian Games (1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998). In 1986, he lead an all-amateur national team to Asian Games bronze medal, after a heart breaking controversial loss to South Korea in the semi-final. He went on to win another bronze medal and a silver in the Asian Games basketball tournaments and hold the distinction of being the only Filipino player to win the William Jones Cup championships twice in the 20th Century, once as an amateur with San Miguel Philippines in 1985 and once as a professional with the Philippine Centennial Team in 1998.
In 1987, he was drafted first pick overall by the Great Taste Coffee Makers and played alongside Ricardo Brown to led the team to the PBA Open Conference finals (In Game 3, he equaled Brown’s PBA all-time record for the most points scored by a Filipino in a single Finals game - 48 points) and later captured his first PBA-All Filipino Cup championship. In his rookie season, after averaging 16.6 points per game, he earned the 1987 PBA Rookie of the Year award and was named in the All-Star Mythical Five Selection, where he became the third first year-rookie player ever to be named in the Mythical Five Selection after Arnie Tuadles (1979) and Ricardo Brown (1983).
On November 2, 1989, Caidic scored 68 points and 15 three-point field goals made in a single game to lead Presto Tivoli beat the Alaska Milkmen in a high scoring overtime game 175-159. Both teams’ combine points, at the time, were the most in the PBA history.
In 1990, he sets the PBA all-time record for the most three-point field goals made in a single season (160 triples) and lead Presto Tivoli to a championship title.
At the end of the season, he was named the 1990 PBA Most Valuable Player, after scoring 1,730 points in the season, including the record-breaking 160 three-point field goals made and averaging 26.6 points per game/3.6 assists per game/3.6 rebounds per game.
Caidic was later selected to play for the first all-pro national team coached by Robert Jaworski, bound for the Asian Games in Beijing, China. In one of his Asian Games appearances, he lead the national team’s second half comeback win, 86-78, against Japan with 34 points despite playing with a broken hand and held scoreless in the first half. The Philippines went on to win the silver medal after losing to China in the finals.
On October 15, 1991, he broke the PBA all-time record for the most three-point field goals made in a career with 594 three-point conversions after scoring 9 triples in Tivoli’s 125-142 loss to Pepsi.
One month later, on November 21, 1991, Caidic sets the PBA all-time records of the most points in a single game by a Filipino (79 points), the most points in a single half (53 points), the most points in a single quarter (37 points), the most three-point field goals made and attempts in a game (17/27 triples), the most three-point field goals made in a quarter (8 triples) and the most consecutive three-point field goals made in a single game (8 triples), in addition to 12 two-pointers and four free-throws, to lead Presto Tivoli against Ginebra San Miguel, 162-149. His performance remained as one of the greatest individual performances in the PBA history. What makes it more remarkable is that while he was playing in the court, his wife Millote was giving birth to their first daughter. He played late in the first quarter and left in the middle of the fourth quarter, in a game where he could have possibly score 100 points or more.
Caidic missed out the 1991 Most Valuable Player award to Alvin Patrimonio, despite finishing the season with 1,275 points (27.1 points per game, 53.6 % filed goal percentage) and breaking several all time records.
In 1993, he moved to the San Miguel Beermen franchise after his Presto ballclub was replaced by the Sta. Lucia Realtors in the PBA. In his new team, he combined with Samboy Lim, to form the league’s most deadliest scoring duo in the 1990’s and led the Beermen to the 1993 All-Filipino Cup finals. He ended the season winning the PBA Governor’s Cup championship with San Miguel and earned the 1993 PBA All-Star Most Valuable Player award after leading his team (North All-Star) to victory, scoring 40 points (second highest points scored in a single All-Star game) and 9 triples (the most three-point field goals made in a single All-Star game). He became the first PBA player ever to win the MVP awards in the regular season and in the All-Star Game.
In 1994, San Miguel won the right to represent the country in the Asian Games after winning the PBA All-Filipino Cup conference title. In the Asian Games, the Beermen formed the core of the national team with some loan players (notably Alvin Patrimonio and Asia’s best point guard Johnny Abarrientos) from the other PBA franchises. The national team finished fourth but Caidic finished as the Asian Games basketball tournament leading scorer and was named in the all-tournament Mythical Five Selection.
In 1995, he became the eighth player to score 10,000 career points in the PBA history and the league’s first player to score 1,000 career three-point field goals. He went on to win the PBA Governor’s Cup Best Player of the Conference after leading the San Miguel Beermen to the finals. He finished the season as the league’s leading point scorer with 20.9 points per game, the last guard ever to led the league in season-best points scoring average in the 20th Century.
On April 29, 1997, in a game between the Gordon Gins and the San Miguel Beermen, Caidic collided with his teammate, Nelson Asaytono, in a rebound that causes one of the most critical injury ever happened in the basketball hardcourt. Caidic fell on the floor with his head first, then vomited before becoming unconscious. He was admitted to the hospital for two weeks and recovered later from the career-threatening injury.
In January 1998, he was rumored to play for the Laguna Lakers in the newly formed Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) but he stayed with San Miguel, as an assistant playing coach, and led the team to the finals of the PBA All-Filipino Cup Conference.
He was later selected by national team head coach Tim Cone for the Philippine Centennial Team bound for the William Jones Cup (where he scored 25 points with six triples against South East Asian rival, Thailand) and the Asian Games. The team started their international campaign against China and a PBA All-Star Selection but had a dismal display in the PBA Centennial Cup. They went to a tough United States Midwest tour and won the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. In the Asian Games, the nationals easily won their group stage but loss in the semi-final and settled for third after beating Kazakhstan in their final game.
“We need to develop more shooters because the last great shooter we had was Allan Caidic and no more”
(Many time Filipino basketball Olympian Ramoncito Campos, 2005)
Also in 1998, Filipino international veterans Alvin Patrimonio and Allan Caidic broke the record of the legendary Carlos Loyzaga, for the most appearances by a Filipino player in the Asian Games basketball tournament, and shared the distinction of being the only PBA players to represent the country in four Asian Games.
In 1999, Caidic was the playing coach for the Barangay Ginebra Kings and at the end of the year; he was left by the Ginebra management in the expansion draft, and was picked by the Red Bull Barakos franchise. Thus, Caidic was forced to retire early and concentrate fully on his coaching career.
On February 13, 2000, Caidic announced his retirement and became the third PBA player after Ramon Fernandez and Bogs Adornado to be given the honor of retiring the jersey number by a PBA ballclub and was the first by two PBA teams. The San Miguel Beermen and the Barangay Ginebra Kings franchises both retired his number 8 jersey in honor of his legacy in the PBA.
Later, Caidic was named in the PBA 25 greatest players ever to play in the league’s history after the PBA celebrated its 25th year as the first professional basketball league in Asia.
In 2001, his team made it to the PBA All-Filipino Cup finals but loss the series to his former team San Miguel Beermen. While in 2002, he was named as the assistant coach for the Philippine national team bound for Europe and the Asian Games.
In 2004, he was promoted as the Team Manager of the Barangay Ginebra Kings after five years of coaching and immediately won two consecutive championships.
In 2005, Caidic took part in the PBA’s 30th Anniversary, leading Virgilio Dalupan’s Legends Team to victory, 96-92, in the PBA’s Classic Greatest Game with an MVP performance, scoring 30 points (4 triples, 8 rebounds) on May 2005.
“I was just looking tired out there, but this wasn’t just about us the players. It was about giving the fans a treat.”
(Allan Caidic, after winning the MVP award in the PBA Classic All-Star Greatest Game, May 2005)
In September 2005, he led the PBA Legends Team to a two-game Australian Tour Series and earned himself the series Most Valuable Player award after scoring over 30 back-to-back points. The Legends, inspired by the presence of the great Carlos Loyzaga, beat the Australian Invitational-Hoopdreamz Kabayan Titans 114-88, in their final game of the series, in front of a record crowd in Penrith Sports Stadium.
In April 2006, Caidic led the San Miguel All-Star with 17 points (5 triples) against the USA-NBA Legends Team led by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. The SMC All-Star loss, 124-94, in the exhibition game held at Mandaue City, Cebu.
In November 2006, he was appointed as the new team manager of the struggling Coca-Cola Tigers and replaced his longtime teammate Hector Calma, who replaced Samboy Lim in San Miguel. Samboy Lim replaces Caidic in the Ginebra franchise as team manager. After one conference, Caidic was re-united with the Barangay Ginebra Kings franchise when he was appointed as the ball club’s new assistant coach.
Name: Allan Vito Flores Caidic
Postion: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Nickname: The Triggerman
Born: June 15, 1963 in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Origin: Paete, Laguna, Philippines
Height: 6’2” (1.88 m)
Weight: 173 lbs. (79 kg)
Schools: University of the East (1981-1986)
Drafted: 1987 - 1st round, 1st pick overall, Great Taste Coffee Makers (Philippine Basketball Association)
Languages: Tagalog, English
Website: Allan Caidic Group & InterBasket
Teams (jersey): All-Amateur Guest NCC (1985), Great Taste Coffee Makers (1987-1988), Presto Ice Creams/Tivoli (1988-1992), San Miguel Beermen (1993-1998), Gordon Gin Boars/Barangay Ginebra Kings (1999), All-Amateur Guest NCC (1985), Great Taste Coffee Makers (1987-1988), Presto Ice Creams/Tivoli (1988-1992), San Miguel Beermen (1993-1998), Gordon Gin Boars/Barangay Ginebra Kings (1999)
Ibn Notes: Allan Vito Flores Caidic (born 15 June 1963, Pasig City, Philippines) is a former professional basketball player from the Philippines. He is considered by many to be one of the most prolific scorers in Philippine basketball and the greatest pure outside shooter the country has ever produced. A left-hander and a deadly offensive weapon, he is often called the “Triggerman” because of his ability to make outside shots from the three-point zone despite being heavily guarded. He is a player who could slay teams with a single flick of his left wrist and brought headaches and heartaches to the opposition.
Over the years, Caidic, once a complete offensive player from the inside and the outside, suffered many injuries as a professional player. Although, the injuries slow him down, he remained a deadly shooter from the perimeter three-point zone.
He first drew national attention while playing college hoops at the University of the East (UE), before joining the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in 1987, where he broke several Filipino and PBA all-time records -- including the most points scored in a single game by a Filipino (79 points), the most three-point field goals made in a single game (17 triples; breaking his previous record of 15 triples), the most three-point field goals in a career (1,242 triples) and the most consecutive free-throws in a row (76). He has played with several PBA teams and won numerous championship titles (mostly in the PBA All Filipino Cup); he has also played for the Philippine national basketball team including the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team.
Whilst in the league, he was considered Asia’s most feared trifecta icon and one of the world’s deadliest three-point shooters. The vaunted Chinese and Korean national basketball teams recognized this ability by always reminding their players to be on the lookout for “Philippine No. 8”, referring to Caidic’s regular jersey number while playing for the National Team.
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