JVEE Casio said there’s nothing else to do but simply bounce back after a dismal performance in Alaska’s Game Four loss to San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals last Wednesday.
Usually the Aces’ most consistent player, Casio was held scoreless for the first time in his three-year pro career in the team’s 88-70 defeat that evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
The Aces’ starting point guard, who came in averaging 12.7 points on a 41.2-percent (7 of 17) clip from beyond the arc, 3.3 assists, three boards, and 1.3 steals in 30 minutes of play in the first three games of the Finals, missed both his three-point attempts and tallied three assists and one rebound in just 19 minutes of action.
“Masama (ang laro ko),” the soft-spoken 28-year-old cager admitted. “I hope I could’ve contributed more, pero bawi na lang.”
“I have to, not only me, but the whole team kailangan (mag-step up),” he added.
The emergence of pesky playmaker Ping Exciminiano could also be a factor for Casio’s limited action in Game Four, with the sophomore guard playing in 22 minutes off the bench after scattering eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, three assists, three rebounds, and two steals as he stood at the forefront of the Aces’ suffocating full-court defense.
Even RJ Jazul (five points in 24 minutes) and rookie Chris Banchero (four points in 20 minutes) played better than Casio.
But Aces coach Alex Compton kept his faith in the first overall pick of the 2011 Draft.
“I’m not worried about JVee,” Aces coach Alex Compton told Spin.ph a day after. “He is a winner and he will bounce back and have a great game.”