JASON Castro vowed to use Talk `N Text’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals debacle as a motivating tool in the team’s bid to complete an unfinished business.
A week after the heartbreaking loss to San Mig Coffee in the best-of-five title series, the cat-quick guard showed his willingness to move on after leading the Tropang Texters to a 105-99 victory over Meralco in their first game in the PBA Governors Cup on Wednesday night.
“Iyun motivation ko sa sarili ko, na once matapos ang Finals, move on na. So ito na naman, new conference, kailangan namin uli ng good start para makapasok (sa Finals),” Castro said after the game, which saw him finished with 21 points to go along with six assists and three rebounds.
Talk ‘N Text started sluggish in its debut game in the season-ending meet after being down, 6-16 early in the first period.
But once the team got its rhythm, the Tropang Texters managed to gain momentum and erected a 48-35 spread midway in the third period.
And though they blew the13-point lead late in the game and trailed in the final two minutes, 92-97, Castro responded well by scoring 10 of the team's last 13 points to bail Talk 'N Text out of trouble.
“Pagdating ng second half, nakuha na namin ang rhythm namin. Siyempre, eager pa rin kami manalo ng championship. Nandun pa rin yun,” he added.
The veteran combo guard also said import Othyus Jeffers is indeed, a good fit for the team as the reigning NBA D-League co-MVP easily provided the energy, rebounding and hustle during his 42-minute playing time in his league debut.