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Alaska-Star Game 1: Travis’ family arrives, Casio comes up big

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In a patented comeback, the Alaska Aces fought back from 18 points down in their semi-final opener against the Star Hotshots Wednesday night to down their foes 97-91 and go ahead 1-0 in the best-of-5 series.

JVee Casio scored 18 points including a breakaway layup and free throws in the pivotal stretch of the fourth quarter to give Alaska cushion, while Romeo Travis topscored with 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and 3 assists.


JVee Casio

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Alaska-Star Game 1: Travis' family arrives, Casio comes up big    On defensive stops in the end: “We had to grind it out. They are a very good team and we tried to do what we can. Kung ano ang magwowork sa amin.”

On how to avoid another slow start in Game 2: “Sinsabi namain ni coach Alex (Compton) game plan and na-execute namin sa huli. We need adjustments sa Game 2. We have to match their energy and aggressiveness to do better at the start.”


Romeo TravisPhilippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Alaska-Star Game 1: Travis' family arrives, Casio comes up big

Travis’ family (wife, two kids, mother-in-law) arrived Monday, in time for the Aces’ preparation for the semi-final. The visit was rare as it was summer in the United States and Travis’ children were spending time away from school. Their presence definitely helped from an emotional stand-point for the Aces import.

“It feels great to have my entire family here. This is the first time ever our family will be here for the playoffs. They usually come around December for my birthday and thanksgiving. Now it’s summer so my kids are out of school. It is a special time for me to have my family here to have time (with me).”

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