JAYSON Castro took the blame for committing most of TNT KaTropa’s errors that factored heavily in the team’s 109-97 loss to San Miguel Beer in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night.
The Texters superstar gave credit to the SMB defense for forcing him to commit a whopping 10 turnovers – just two less than entire SMB’s errors (12).
“Maganda yung depensa nila on our ball screens. At the same time, we made a lot of turnovers, especially me,” Castro said as the Texters committed 23 turnovers in all. “Siguro yung game na 'yun, sobrang sama ng decision making ko, sobrang every time na ako yung may hawak ng bola… naka-focus sila agad sa akin.”
“Yung mga ginagawa kong assist before, ngayon na-anticipate nila,” he added. “Siguro sa part ko, kailangan ko mag-adjust. At the same time, we need to protect the ball.”
The SMB defense also limited him to just six points in the first three quarters, before he scored 11 markers in the final frame – although most of them came in garbage time.
Castro insisted the halftime commotion involving two TNT imports and the SMB officials hardly affected his and his teammates’ performance in the second half after they engaged the Beermen in a nip-and-tuck battle in the first two quarters.
“Hindi naman namin pinapansin yun,” Castro said. “Basta yung team namin – yung naglalaro sa court, yun yung concern namin. Especially yung mga distraction na ganun, ako, hindi ko alam yun, kahit yung mga teammate ko hindi alam yun.”
“Sa dugout naman, kung ano yung kaya namin kontrolin, yun lang yung inaano namin,” he added.
And the Texters indeed need to regroup to avoid falling into a deep 3-1 hole in the best-of-seven series.
“It’s a long series naman, so may time pa kami para makapag-prepare at mag-adjust,” Castro stressed. “And then sa Wednesday, sana makuha namin para maging tie yung series.”