MERALCO made Jayson Castro eat his words after the Bolts’ outside shooting proved a huge factor in their 119-113 win over TNT Katropa in Game Three of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Saturday night.
The Texters superstar had been hardly worried of the Bolts’ outside shooting, believing their strength was on the inside anchored on import Allen Durham.
But Meralco, hardly known as a volume long-range shooting team, reamakably knocked down a franchise-record 17 treys to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
“’Yun naman yung sinasabi ko na talunin nila kami sa outside, wag lang sa paint, at yun nga yung nangyari,” Castro said. “Para sa kanila talaga yun, deserved nila.”
“Sa game na to, pumasok lang early yung mga outside nila so siguro konting adjustments lang, di naman major (ang kailangan gawin) kasi andun naman yung mga defense namin tsaka hustle and rebounding,” he added.
Castro was also on target from long range, making half of his eight three-point attempts to finish with 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting overall, 10 assists, and two boards in 35 minutes, but his performance wasn’t enough as the Bolts handed a second straight loss to a Texters team that had lost only once the entire conference.
But Castro remains upbeat of turning the series around.
“Wala naman (kaba), kasi race to three ‘to, ‘di ba,” Castro said. “Tingnan natin kung papasok pa rin yung mga outside shots nila next game.”