FROM one of the finest PBA guards on the open court to becoming among the dangerous players on the half court today.
That’s how Cyrus Baguio has evolved in his 10-year pro career, and Alaska is fortunate enough to be reaping the fruits of his labor.
Coach Luigi Trillo has nothing but praises for his veteran shooting guard, whom he said is the most consistent player in his roster right from the start of the season.
“People questioned his capability to also play a deliberate halfcourt game, but he has excelled in both the fastbreak and also the halfcourt game,” Trillo said.
"His turnovers (2.6 per game) are at an all-time low and that is a testament to the hard work he is putting in to embrace our system. What's amazing is his willingness to take the hardest defensive task as well.
"I love Cy."
Baguio’s consistency is one of the big reasons why the Aces are off to a hot start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where they remain as the only unbeaten team following their 85-81 win over Barako Bull Sunday.
Alaska now has a 3-0 (win-loss) record, all of which Baguio played clutch roles, including two during the period from February 11 to 17 where he earned Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honor.
In those last two outings by the Aces, the former University of Santo Tomas star averaged just 13.5 points, numbers that may not be as impressive as Petron Blaze's Jay Washington's 16.5 points in two games and Rain or Shine's Ryan Arana's 20 points in a 91-82 win over Meralco.
Most notable, however, were his clutch baskets that enabled the Aces to escape with victories against Meralco and Barako Bull.
The Aces were being severely threatened by the Bolts, 65-64, when Baguio hooked up with Robert Dozier and Calvin Abueva in a fiery windup that led them to an 85-81 win last Wednesday.
In a similar nail-biting 77-73 decision over erstwhile unbeaten Barako last Sunday, Baguio again grabbed a major share of the spotlight by stealing off Jonas Villanueva and converting the layup to give Alaska full separation from a 71-70 count.
Incidentally, the 32-year-old guard-forward was also responsible for the buzzer-beating layup that provided the difference in an 83-81 squeaker over Rain or Shine last February 9.
"Cyrus is one guy who has been consistent for us since the last conference," Trillo pointed out. "He just plays. He is low maintenance and is very coachable."