Blackwater is not done making moves as it shakes up its roster after a disappointing campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Head coach Ariel Vanguardia said more trades were coming after the Bossing engaged in a deal that sent Mike Tolomia and a 2023 second-round pick to the Alaska Aces in exchange for JVee Casio and Barkley Eboña.
The PBA approved the trade on Tuesday, October 12.
"I think, as a coach, you want to build a team that you think will fit your system, will fit what you want to do. I think we are heading towards that direction," Vanguardia told Rappler.
"There are still a couple of trades coming up that hopefully will be consummated before I can really say that this is a team that I really want. But right now, we're heading towards that direction."
Blackwater failed to win a single game in the ongoing all-Filipino conference as it set a new PBA record for the longest losing streak in league history with 19 straight losses.
Hoping to rebuild, the Bossing installed Vanguardia as their new head coach and replaced Nash Racela.
After shipping Simon Enciso to Terrafirma in exchange for Rashawn McCarthy and signing Val Chauca, Blackwater now acquired veteran playmaker Casio and young big man Eboña.
"I think it is a win-win situation for both parties. We wanted someone who can mentor our young point guards in Baser and Val Chauca," Vanguardia said about Casio.
"We really needed a big man because Kelly Nabong is injured. He just had surgery," Vanguardia said of Eboña.
Casio averaged 6.9 points and 2.6 assists in the Philippine Cup, while Eboña normed 1.7 point and 1 rebound for the Aces, who – like the Bossing – missed the playoffs after finishing at 11th place with a 3-8 record.
Alaska will get a spitfire guard in Tolomia, who averaged 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.