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BAGUIO HEATS UP

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CYRUS Baguio’s emergence as Alaska’s new go-to guy is now an established fact.

The wiry guard again delivered in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game the Aces badly needed to earn for himself the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period Feb. 25 to March 3.

In the Aces’ 92-69 victory over Talk N Text last Friday, Baguio scattered 17 points, hauled down three rebounds and issued as many assists to help stretch their unbeaten streak to five and solidify their hold on solo leadership.

“It’s amazing how consistent he has been for us this year,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo of Baguio, who was also cited by the scribes in the week spanning Feb. 11 to 17.

“Again so proud of how he plays both sides of the court. He has proven he can excel in the halfcourt game for us and play good defense at the same time,” added Trillo.

The likes of Jayvee Casio, Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva and Gabby Espinas have also been helping out import Robert Dozier. It is clearly Baguio who sets the tone for Alaska, however.

“He is thinking like a heady point guard out there, getting our team in good rhythm, like he never gets tired out there,” pointed out Trillo.

Baguio’s numbers tell a clear tale as he’s been averaging 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block per game in the conference thus far.

It didn’t help any that Baguio seemingly is bristling for atonement against TNT.

In the teams’ Philippine Cup semifinal duel last January, Baguio scored just three points, 11 below his average, in Game Six and the Tropang Texters notched a five-point win to move on to the Finals and eventually win the crown.

Baguio later attributed the dismal performance to a throbbing headache caused by the smell of a new mat for his car.

With no such concern bothering him in the latest rematch Baguio showed how lethal he could be. He went 8-for-13 from the field through a dazzling array of jumpers and drives.

Baguio did not score in the fourth period, but after scattering seven in the third canto that plucked Alaska away from a tight contest and pushed it to a 73-44 spread that was padded by the other Aces to a high of 31.

More test is forthcoming for Baguio when Alaska battles San Mig Coffee and Petron Blaze in back-to-back games this week.

“He will have his hands full defending (James) Yap and (PJ) Simon of San Mig and (Ronald) Tubid, (Joseph) Yeo and the comebacking (Alex) Cabagnot of Petron,” noted Trillo.

The way he’s been playing of late, Baguio should be up to the task. (NC)

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  • aj

    so consistent! wow. i think his the first player this conference to named twice as the player of the week. correct me if im wrong. more health idol! now, it’s now more interesting and more exciting to watch ALASKA ball games, now that SKYRUS is back with his familiar acrobatic and sky high moves on air. :) #goskyrus

    • http://twitter.com/imkarlo iannekarl

      He’s not averaging 20+pts per game kasi maraming pumupuntos sa ALASKA.
      Like their last game. 3mins nalang ng 4th quarter siya pumasok. kaya hindi masyadong napapansin si IDOL! unlike other star players. Babad sa laro. bwakaw pa. tsktsk! kaya MVP eh.

      • Aj

        tama ka jan pare! at mas komportable na siya ngayon kay Coach Luigi kasi nalalabas niya kung ano yung laro niya. kaya naman kompyansa na siya sa sarili niya, kasi pati mga coach and mga teammates niya tiwala sa kanya at kompyansa. #goskyrus03

  • Jaymort

    e kase nga ano. ayun. basta.

  • jinrhomel

    dapat maging mvp na yan c skyrus..wla syang katulad sa ibang player. he’s unique and humble player..

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