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01-13-2007, 10:01 AM
The Gameface.ph League Hardcore Player of the 2006 Homegrown Cup Men’s Senior DivisionBy Gameface.ph


JV Casio, 5’9” 140 pounds, guard, De La Salle Green Archers


It’s funny how things work out. When he was a San Beda Red Cub he was often treated as the baby brother of a team that included the likes of Yuri Escueta, Mike Baldos, Arvie Braganza and Ford Arao. While the four aforementioned gentlemen found their way to Ateneo De Manila (Braganza is now with State U) the “baby brother” matriculated to De La Salle. Talk about seeking greener pastures.

Now during the rare occasions when the former high school varsity mates get together, a good deal of ribbing expectedly happens. While the Blue Eagles and Fighting Maroons are all ganging up on their baby brother, JV Casio has only one simple retort, “Sino ba nag-Rookie of the Year?” It is good-natured hubris and an anecdote that defined the basketball career of one of the best shooting guards in the country.

JV Casio nailed the shot that gave the De La Salle Green Archers the Season 67 championship against a vaunted Far Eastern squad. After he nailed it – a clock beating three-pointer from about 25 feet – Casio’s Number 10 jersey became the hottest item for sale in every athletic shop, quite a feat considering he had the immensely popular Joseph Yeo and Mark Cardona for teammates on that championship squad.

Now Casio has come full circle. After La Salle served out its one-year suspension in the UAAP for Season 69, the Green Archers came back to sweep the recent Homegrown Cup and Casio reprised his role as the team’s hero. Yes, Rico Maeirhofer and TY Tang got their numbers, but it was Casio’s ever-deadly shooting that spelled the difference for the Archers. Casio has also gotten way better at distributing the ball as a point guard and even on defense. He has also taken over Yeo’s old job as the scrambler on the vaunted La Salle press.

JV Casio has arrived as a hardcore superstar.