JAYSON Castro said TNT is staying positive in the PBA Philippine Cup despite a deflating loss to Meralco that saw the Katropa blow a 21-point lead.
Castro said the 88-77 loss was unfortunate considering the KaTropa had won two games in a row under coaches Bong Ravena and Mark Dickel and were building momentum in a season they started by training flamboyant guard Terrence Romeo.
“’Yun nga sana kasi para ma-establish namin ‘yung team namin,” said Castro, when asked if he feels a sense of regret that the team let a win slip away just days after a morale-boosting win over San Miguel.
“Up by 21 na kami nung second quarter. Nung third quarter, ang sama ng defense namin. Hindi namin ma-execute ‘yung gusto naming gawin. May mga miscommunication sa defense," he added.
“Na-outhustle at na-outwork talaga kami. Talagang tinalo nila kami.”
Castro, who scored 20 points in the loss, said the good thing is the KaTropa are not letting the sorry loss tear them apart.
“’Yun naman maganda sa team namin ngayon. Walang nagpo-point ng finger. Lahat kami positive lang. Basta manalo, matalo, team pa rin kami,” said the longtime Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.
Castro hobbled out of the court late in the game after a missed layup and sat out the rest of the match. But he assured nothing is serious as he looks forward to TNT's next game against Magnolia on Sunday.
“Nag-tighten lang ‘yung quads ko. Hindi naman iniinda pero may something. Hindi naman (serious),” Castro said.