JV Casio is obviously pleased with Alaska's streak of three straight wins, but asked if he’s happy with where the Aces are now, he replied with a swift ‘no.’
Alaska, the reigning PBA Commissioner’s Cup titleholder, is in fourth place with a 4-3 win-loss card, just above the midtable squads.
“Marami pa rin kasi kaming kulang,” Casio told Spin.ph before the team’s practice on Friday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
The 5-foot-10 guard out of La Salle said if they want to regain their old fiery form that propelled them to an 18-4 record last season en route to the Commissioner’s Cup crown, they need to be consistent on both ends of the floor.
Winning their last two games could more or less determine the Aces’ playoff seeding. The Aces return to action on Sunday when they face Ginebra and new Kings import Josh Powell in the main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Defensively, we’re getting there, but on offense, we need to improve pa especially sa last two games namin against two San Miguel teams,” he added, referring to Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Super Coffee.
The Aces have been impressive defensively during their last three outings, holding their opponents to just 75.6 points on the way to the franchise’s first three-game winning streak in the import-spiced conference.
Since the PBA All-Star break, Casio said he’s been working hard to regain his shooting touch, as he has been shooting just 32.9 percent from the field this conference.
A usually reliable three-point gunner, Casio’s best outing so far in the mid-season conference happened in Binan, Laguna in late March when he torched San Miguel Beer with four three-point shots on the way to helping Alaska score a runaway 89-78 win.
The former Smart Gilas mainstay finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, keying the Aces’ huge fourth quarter breakaway.
“Yung field goal percentage ko mababa pa so 'yun ang wino-work out ko pa. At the same time, yung assists ko, I’m working on setting up my teammates pa,” said Casio, in pointing out to some areas of his game that he still needs to improve on.