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Basketball Player Profiles Cyrus Baguio

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Considered as one of the most exciting and explosive players in the recent history of Asia's first play-for-pay league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA,) Cyrus Baguio better known by his moniker "Skyrus" is a classy, high-flying guard currently playing for the Alaska Aces.

Baguio started his basketball career, entering the University of Santo Tomas in college and suiting up for the school's varsity basketball squad, the Growling Tigers. Baguio became an instant crowd favorite and campus superstar due to his stellar performance in the basketball court.

Baguio led the Growling Tigers to the 2002 UAAP Final Four only to lose to the star-studded La Salle Green Archers squad. Hence, Baguio was selected as part of perhaps the deepest mythical five selection in the history of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) that included University of the East's James Yap, Ateneo's Rich Alvarez and Enrico Villanueva and La Salle superstar Mike Cortez.

In 2003, Baguio decided to enter the PBA draft. Surprisingly, despite his illustrious amateur career, he was selected only at the 14th pick - a good catch by the Red Bull Thunder. In his first year with the team, the kamikaze-guard played meager minutes and average a disappointing 2.5 points and 1.75 rebounds per game.

Through the years, however, Baguio emerged as one of the go-to-guys of the team. Upon the exit of Red Bull superstars Willie Miller, Lordy Tugade, Enrico Villanueva and Mick Pennisi, Baguio's minutes rose and his play increase by leaps and bounds. Baguio became Red Bull's most potent scorer and consistent contributor.

Shortly, Baguio inserted himself into the debate as to the best guard in the PBA. He was also selected as part of the PBA-backed Powerade RP Team and saw himself as the most consistent player in the squad that participated in the 2009 FIBA-Asia Championships in Tianjin, China.

In 2009, Baguio was traded to the Ginebra Kings where he was lost in the rotation amidst the star-studded cast of guards that include Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Ronald Tubid and Sunday Salvacion. Baguio was reportedly unhappy with his playing time thus, he was again traded to the Alaska Aces for star guard Miller.

Baguio blended instantly with Alaska's triangle offense and his play blossomed anew under the tutelage of legendary coach Tim Cone. During their recent quarterfinal clash with his old team, Ginebra, Baguio played impressively averaging 15.6 points and 3.8 assists per game en route to leading Alaska to a 3-2 win over Ginebra.

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