Jayson Castro injury played down as veteran guard not badly hurt in Gilas' final game vs Jordan
Jayson Castro appeared shaken after a collision in Gilas' final game in the Fiba Asia Cup but suffered no serious damage. Photo from Fiba

JAYSON Castro suffered no major injury following a collision midcourt in the waning seconds of Gilas Pilipinas’ 75-70 win over Jordan in its final game in the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday.

The veteran playmaker got kneed at center court during a transition play that resulted in a basket for the Filipinos just as the clock was ticking away in the heated battle for seventh place at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium.

Castro appeared shaken by the impact as he stayed seated on the floor for a few seconds before being carried out by his teammates over at the Gilas bench.

TnT Katropa Virgil Villavicencio said the 31-year-old Castro got hurt but suffered no serious damage on his knee.

“OK naman siya. Natamaan lang yung tuhod but nothing really to worry,” said Villavicencio on Monday.

“That’s as per the advice of Gilas therapist (Dexter Aseron). Wala naman talaga siguro, otherwise he would have told us.”

A two-time best point guard of Asia, Castro unretired from national team duties as he gave himself one more try at helping Gilas in its international tournament campaigns this year.

But he failed to impose the same will that made him one of the deadliest backcourt players in the past two editions of the Asian showpiece as he finally deferred to the rising Terrence Romeo as Gilas’ new go-to-guy.

For the first time in the last three editions of the meet, too, Castro was left out in the Mythical Five selection composed of Hamed Haddadi (Iran), Fadi El Khatib (Lebanon), Oh SeKeun (South Korea), Mohammad Jamshidi (Iran), and Shea lili (New Zealand).

Gilas Pilipinas is expected to arrive in the country from Lebanon Monday afternoon.

TnT Katropa coach Nash Racela though, is uncertain if Castro and fellow Gilas teammate Roger Pogoy would finally be suiting up in the team’s game against Phoenix this Friday.

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