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Despite finals defeat, Casio believes Alaska at "the right direction"

Alaska put up a great fight against Magnolia in the finals series. PBA Media Group
By Ivan Saldajeno

ANTIPOLO--Alaska came two wins short of taking the PBA Governors' Cup crown against Magnolia.

And the latter made sure that the title is theirs for the taking by starting Game 6 strong and holding off the former's spurts for the 102-86 win at the Ynares Center on Wednesday night.

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"Alam naman naming na ayaw nila ng Game 7 so they really threw the first punch. Unfortunately, di kami naka-recover kaagad. We tried to, but they played well buong game," rued Aces skipper Jvee Casio. "Although we were still on our rotations, they were making shots."

Despite yet another bridesmaid finish for the Aces, their fifth with Alex Compton as head coach, Casio believes they can be a force to reckon with in the near future.

"I think that we’re headed on the right direction from what happened mga past conferences na parang pangit naman," he further said. "So, we have to build on it and focus on that and prepare for the next season."

Following a resurgence of Vic Manuel and an expected improvement from Jeron Teng and Carl Cruz plus Nonoy Baclao stepping up with Sonny Thoss now at the twilight of his career and Chris Banchero and Simon Enciso rising to the occasion, Alaska can sure be a threat in the years to come.

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