Alaska Aces spifire JVee Casio drives to the basket against Meralco defenders
MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces have won three consecutive games after a brutal 51-point loss to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and will enter the PBA Governors Cup quarter-finals as the third-seeded team.
Point guard JV Casio believes his team is finally fulfilling its potential, and knows that they have more to offer, starting Wednesday when they play crowd-favorites Ginebra in the quarter-finals.
"Yung team, nalaman na kung paano maglaro, and it doesn’t matter who scores as long as Alaska scores. 'Yung potential ng team, nandoon," said Casio, as quoted by PBA.ph.
"Marami pa kaming pwedeng magawa," he added.
Alaska was a reeling team in the middle of the conference, having switched coaches from Luigi Trillo to Alex Compton, and then suffering a humiliating 51-point demolition at the hands of Rain or Shine.
But they have put the loss to the E-Painters behind them, and Casio insists the team is not finding it difficult to adjust to Compton as their new coach.
"We're still doing kung ano 'yung ginagawa namin with Coach Luigi, and wala namang big change na ginawa," he revealed. "Ini-instill lang ni Coach Alex 'yung system niya paunti-unti."
When asked what prompted their turnaround, Casio pointed to their defense and credited import Henry Walker as their anchor.
"Our defense, everyone's getting into that, believing in that, sacrificing for each other, trying to do our very best in defense," said Casio.
Of Walker, he said: "Siya 'yung anchor namin sa defense. He grabs the rebounds and helps on defense. He knows when he needs to score."