Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jayvee Casio and Marcio Lassiter Key Players of Powerade this 37th Season of PBA

Improving talent-wise is one thing and improving on their performance on the court is another. Powerade coach Bo Perasol said this is the challenge they face now after netting two marquee players from the Annual Rookie Draft.

The Tigers drafted and signed Smart Gilas stalwarts JV Casio and Marcio Lassiter and then enlisted four other new faces in a major overhaul they hope would result to a breakthrough in the coming 37th PBA season. “There’s no question that our roster improved. There’s an immediate improvement, but it’s not a guarantee of an improvement on our performance,” offered Perasol. “Common naman sa PBA ang malakas na roster pero hindi siguradong ipapanalo ka nito ng championship,” he cautioned. Perasol said there are things to work on for a good roster to produce good results. “It depends on how players get together. 

In our case, the questions include how can Gary David live with Marcio Lassiter and how can Casio balance the touches of the two scorers while also being a threat himself,” said Perasol. The low-key Powerade mentor said another concern is how to offset their weak frontline. The Tigers are looking at Romel Adducul to beef up their frontcourt now featuring Ricky Calimag, Alex Crisano and Doug Kramer. "He's not practicing with B-Meg. If he's given his release papers, we'll get him," said Perasol of Adducul.

 They have Josh Vanlandingham, Sean Anthony, William Antonio, David and Lassiter to man the wings and Casio, Celino Cruz and Rudy Lingganay to alternate at the backcourt. Certainly, this team has nowhere to go but up being the worst performer last season.


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