Slingers hero Wei Long says former teammate Jayson Castro 'a great player, humble guy'
Wong Wei Long gets mobbed by his teammates after his buzzer-beating game winner in Game 4 of the ABL Finals. Photo courtesy of Kuk Thew

SINGAPORE - Wong Wei Long only has good things to say about Jayson Castro, his former teammate with the Singapore Slingers.

Prior to his stint in the PBA with Talk 'N Text,  Castro was signed by the Singapore Slingers and was supposed to be the first Filipino to play in Australia's National Basketball League in May of 2008.

But the team withdrew from the league a month before the season began, citing the expensive travel costs as the main reason, and decided to organize the Singapore Challenge Series instead to prepare for its eventual entry into the Asean Basketball League.

Castro, then, applied for the PBA Draft after a two-month stint with the Slingers. Still, the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart made a lasting impression on his former teammate Wong.

"He is a great player and a very humble guy," said the 27-year-old Wong, who delivered the buzzer-beating jumper to give the Slingers a 75-73 win over the Westsports Malaysia Dragons and force a rubber match of the ABL Finals on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

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Wong said playing with and against Filipinos, like Castro, have definitely played a role in his improvement as a player.

"I played with a couple of Filipinos in the past few years in the Asian Championship, ABL, and the SEA Games. I already played against the best players in the PBA and it was a great opportunity. A great experience to help me in my game," said Wong.

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