Nov 19, 2021

Casio ready for huge Blackwater challenge

EVEN at this late stage of his career, JVee Casio is embracing the new challenge awaiting him at Blackwater.

The veteran guard said it's not too late in the day starting all over again even at age 35, stressing the focus now is more on helping turn around a franchise that is coming off the worst losing record in league history.

"It's a new challenge and a new opportunity for me playing here in Blackwater," said Casio in his guest appearance in the sports show The Game.

It was an end of an era in Alaska franchise history when it decided to part ways with Casio in the off-season after a decade of being together through ups and downs.

And while initially stunned with the move, the playmaker out of De La Salle was professional enough to understand trades are part and parcel of a player's career.

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Besides at Blackwater, he gets to be reunited with coach Ariel Vanguardia, who handled him during his amateur days while with Toyota Otis in the defunct Philippine Basketball League.

"I've been with coach Ariel before. It was a bit of a long time ago, but I'm happy he's the coach," said Casio, who won a championship with Alaska during the 2013 Commissioner's Cup.

It's been a matter of being in the same page with Vanguardia, according to the 2011 top rookie pick, for the Bossing to be able to pick up the pieces after a winless stint in the last Philippine Cup.

"We'll try to change some little things and that's what coach Ariel has been working on, just the little things," said Casio. "It's a great thing to have those details, we have to be one and we should have the same track in leading this franchise and show that we can compete," said Casio.

"Basta mabigyan lang ako ng opportunity again to prove myself and to try to help the team, siyempre coming off from last conference." (RG)

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