JAYSON Castro doesn’t mind if Kevin Alas continues to get some of his playing time as long as Talk ’N Text keeps winning in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Tropang Texters star guard, who averaged 33.7 minutes in his first three games, played just 26 minutes in their 99-76 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday mainly due to rookie teammate Alas, who sparked the rout as he played his best game in his young pro career.
Castro is not worried one bit.
“Kasi No. 1 sa akin yung panalo eh,” the cat-quick playmaker said. “Even if I score just five points or eight points, okay sa akin as long as panalo kami.”
“This gives Jayson a chance to rest,” Texters coach Jong Uichico said of the banged-up 28-year-old Gilas Pilipinas standout, who has been facilitating most of the offense with fellow star Jimmy Alapag also still sidelined.
Castro, who still came up with nine points, three steals, two assists, and two rebounds against the Elasto Painters, welcomed the development as the Texters now have another “special” backcourt threat in the 22-year-old Alas.
“Para sa akin, special player talaga siya kasi kita niyo naman yung mga drive niya — parang nilalaro niya lang then all of a sudden na-shoot na,” Castro said of the former D-League MVP from Letran. “Unpredictable yung gagawin niya even in practice, parang unorthodox style. Hindi mo alam kung i-da-drive or ipapasa.”
Kind of like Castro, who went as far as saying that Alas is the “future” of the Texters.
“Siya yung magiging future ng team namin.”
And Castro is always there to guide him.
“Nagtatanong naman siya eh kung ano yung mga kailangan niyang i-adjust tapos sinasabi ko lang. tapos yung physicality ng game, yung mga contact kailangan lang niya i-absorb ’yun.”