ANTIPOLO – Jayson Castro praised the effort of Columbian for making it tough on TNT to claim the victory in Saturday’s PBA Governors’ Cup match at the Ynares Center.
TNT beat Columbian, 125-120, but the KaTropa had to earn the victory. They survived Khapri Alston’s 38-point night and a charge by the Dyip late in the game after leading by as many as 14 points to take the solo spot in the team standings with a 4-0 record.
“Sobrang ganda ng game plan nila sa amin, especially sa offense nila,” said Castro. “Hindi naman ma-stop ‘yung post up ng import nila. Buti nakuha namin ‘yung panalong ‘to.”
Castro scored seven of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, most of which came while being defended by one of the top rookies this season in CJ Perez despite being older by eight years.
Perez was also instrumental in Columbian’s comeback bid, scoring 13 of his 23 points in the final canto.
The 33-year-old Castro had nothing but positive words for the Columbian rookie.
“Magaling siya dumepensa at saka alam niya ‘yung weakness at strengths ko. Nung huli siguro, naka-isa lang ako sa kanya kaya naunahan ko siya,” said Castro.
Castro added: “Sobrang galing both on offense and defense,” referring to Perez. “Makikita mo talaga na kayang kaya niyang gawin. Sobrang easy sa kanya lalo na ‘yung transition game niya. Sobrang hirap i-stop kasi sobrang kapag umatake, mahihirapan ka na mai-stop siya.”
After escaping with the victory, Castro hopes to bounce back on the defensive end after giving up more than 100 points again this conference.
“Two games na kaming sobrang hindi ganun kaganda ‘yung defense namin kasi taas ng binibigay namin na score. Kailangan namin na maka-adjust sa defense namin kasi sa offense, wala namin kaming problema. Kaya namin umiskor pero sa defense, may konting adjustments pa,” said Castro.