JVEE Casio wasn’t surprised to see Mike Tolomia come off the bench and spark a major Rain or Shine rally against Alaska that just fell short on Sunday.
“He’s a good player. He’s a Gilas cadet,” acknowledged Casio of the rookie point guard out of Far Eastern University, who gave the Aces a big scare before they put away a thrilling 105-102 win over the Elasto Painters in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Kahit sino naman sa PBA magaling, especially sa guards. Ang daming magagaling dito.”
Tolomia is among those trying to make a name for themselves.
The younger brother of former pro Chester Tolomia had all of his nine points in the final quarter when Rain or Shine went on a big offensive run to erase a 67-53 deficit and take a 99-98 lead in the final minute of the game.
But Casio teamed up with import Corey Jefferson in a strong finishing kick for the Aces, who notched their fourth straight win and remained unbeaten in the mid-season tournament.
Still recuperating from a sprained left ankle that kept him on the sidelines at the start of the tournament, Casio was the top local scorer for the Aces with 16 points. He went 3-of-5 from three-point range in his best game so far in the conference.
He also finished a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line as he made four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to clinch the win.
“It’s best para sa amin lalo na sa mga guards,” he said. “We should have a better percentage sa free throw.”