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    Game-hero Jayson Castro embraces challenge to bring back lost TnT glory

    Jul 20, 2016
    Jayson Castro blocks a three-point attempt by Paul Lee late in TnT's win. Jaime Campos

    JAYSON Castro showed he’s more than just a prolific scorer as he also delivered on defense for TNT Katropa in its 101-98 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night.

    After hitting the go-ahead three-pointer with 52 seconds left, the Texters star preserved the victory with a block on Paul Lee’s three-point attempt in the next possession that would’ve tied the game.

    “Parang inanticipate ko lang na titira siya kasi sobrang wide open niya, galing ako sa help at natiyempuhan lang siguro,” said Castro, who finished the game with two blocks.

    Still, it was the Gilas Pilipinas standout’s offense that will be remembered as he fired eight of his team-high 19 points in the fourth, including the game-winner trey from the top of the key with the shot clock running down.

    “Yun yung play namin na pag walang post kay Mo (Tautuaa), bibigay sa’kin tapos pick and roll sa taas,” Castro said.

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    But Texters coach Jong Uichico said he let Castro make the decision.

    “It’s Jayson,” the veteran coach said. “At the end of the game, it’s really Jayson’s call. It doesn’t necessarily have to be him; like he went to Mo a couple of times, pero diskarte na ni Jayson yun.”

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    Castro finished with an all-around performance that saw him also scatter 10 assists and six boards in 34 minutes after having just one week of rest from national duty and practicing three days with the Texters.

    “Okay lang yun (pahinga namin) kasi lagi naman kaming out,” Castro said with a smile as his team is coming off three straight conferences where it has failed to make it past the quarterfinals.

    “Ito yung (challenge) sa’min na makapasok ulit ng semis. China-challenge kami na ibalik ang old na TNT.”

    [See Jayson Castro leads decisive blitz as TnT blows past Rain or Shine]

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    Jayson Castro blocks a three-point attempt by Paul Lee late in TnT's win. Jaime Campos
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