JAYSON Castro is bracing for a match-up against Stanley Pringle when TNT KaTropa face Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
The top-seeded KaTropa put away Alaska, 104-93, in a do-or-die game on Wednesday night, setting the stage for their first appearance in the semifinals since the 2017 Governors' Cup.
That set a best-of-five semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra - and a potentially explosive face-off between two of the quickest guards in the league.
Castro said the match-up against Pringle will definitely be a tough one.
“Siyempre, iba si Pringle,” Castro said. “Talagang kahit ako gustong-gusto ko ‘yung ginagawa niya. Naa-appreciate ko ‘yung game niya. Siyempre, Ginebra matsa-challenge talaga kami.”
“Ang Ginebra, sobrang disciplined nila. At the same time, coach Tim Cone sobrang galing mag-adjust. Hopefully, maka-match-up kami ng maayos."
After breaking an almost two-year spell of not reaching the finals, Castro is hoping to make it to the finals although it won’t be easy as the KaTropa face the defending champions starting on Friday.
“Ganun na katagal. Hopefully, umabot kami sa finals kasi ‘yun ang main goal namin. Kaso siyempre, alam naman natin na sila ‘yung defending champion. Hopefully, makatawid sa kanila,” said the former Gilas Pilipinas guard.
Aside from the Castro-Pringle match-up, focus will also be on the imports as TNT’s Terrence Jones, a former NBA player, faces Justin Brownlee, the longtime Ginebra reinforcement and the defending Best Import awardee.
Castro, however, was quick to play down the individual match-ups.
"Hindi lang naman Terrence vs. Brownlee eh. It’s a team talaga. We win as a team kasi ‘yun ‘yung number one na goal namin na maglaro para sa isa’t isa,” said Castro.