PLAYING against his idol may have brought out the best in rookie Simon Enciso.
The NLEX guard came through with a PBA career game of 19 points on the night he played for the first time against Jayson Castro and helped the Road Warriors pull off a 107-101 win in the Smart Bro-Philippine Cup.
Enciso was the second leading-scorer for the team, firing 13 points in the third quarter alone to spark NLEX’s comeback from 17 points down and clinch its third win in five outings.
The self-proclaimed 'Filipino DRose' shot 6-of-13 from the field, had three rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.
Unknown to many, Enciso was a bit fidgety during the game as he went up against Casto, his favorite player in the league.
“I have been watching him (Jayson) since my mom introduced me to the PBA. He’s been one of the best guards in Asia and hopefully, I can work up to where he’s at,” said Enciso after his first ever encounter with the Talk ‘N Text stalwart.
Enciso could only think of two words when asked to describe the Gilas Pilipinas star.
“Super quick. He’s super quick. They don’t call him ‘The Blur’ for nothing,” he said of Castro, who struggled a bit from the floor by shooting just 4-of-14 to finish with 15 points, but with nine rebounds and six assists.
The rookie guard said it was a ‘great experience’ being on the same floor with the Talk ‘N Text veteran.
“It was so surreal,” he said. “He’s just one great player. I’m blessed to be on the same court with him tonight.”
But then again, Enciso said he and the Road Warriors had a job to do.
“I just try to focus in and play my game. It’s just a great feeling to come out with the win,” said the rookie picked in the second round of the last draft by Rain or Shine before being traded to NLEX.