THE Alaska Aces just won’t allow Barangay Ginebra to spoil this special night of point guard Jayvee Casio.
The Aces clawed back from the jaws of defeat and pulled off a come-from-behind 102-99 win over the Kings to hand Casio a special gift on the day he turned 27.
The playmaker out of De La Salle could only thank coach Luigi Trillo and the Aces for not messing up his birthday celebration.
“Very thankful to my teammates for not letting me down, kami naman kasi dito sa Alaska team-first talaga,” said a beaming Casio after coming out of a festive Alaska dugout.
Casio finished with 11 points and admittedly, had a hard time matching up with Ginebra counterpart LA Tenorio.
Along with Mark Caguioa and import Dior Lowhorn, Tenorio spearheaded a huge Ginebra third quarter comeback that saw the Kings rally from as much as a 16-point deficit and take a 76-70 lead going into the final period.
“LA is giving Jayvee the fits, so we needed a taller guy to take on LA,” said Trillo. “It’s nice to see Calvin (Abueva) get LA tired.”
Casio acknowledged this.
“Yeah, I really have a hard time matching up with LA. Bata pa lang kasi ako pinapanood ko na siya,” he said laughing as he tried to lighten up the mood.
“Seriously, si LA kasi is a very competitive player. Magaling talaga yan,” he said of his fellow former San Beda Red Cubs.
Good thing, the Aces were there to save the day for him.
“Yeah, kaya very thankful ako sa mga teammates ko,” said Casio, who had dinner with his family and treated the team to a pizza feast to celebrate his birthday.
It was actually a double celebration for Casio as his former team La Salle also beat rival Ateneo, 66-64, in the UAAP men’s basketball game behind the game-winner of Jeron Teng earlier in the day.
“Good news nga,” he said before finally excusing himself.