JAYSON Castro was glad to see Donte Greene take over for TNT KaTropa on Friday night, resulting in the veteran locals to get extended rest in the team’s 109-88 victory over GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Averaging just 24 points in his first three games, Greene breached the 30-point barrier for the first time, scattering 33 points, including 11 in the final frame where the Texters pulled away.
The blowout also gave the Texters the luxury to rest Castro, who was taken out at the eight-minute, 51-second mark with his team leading by 16 points, never needing to check back in again.
“Ever since nung nag-take over na siya (Greene), ‘yun rin naman ang pinag-uusapan namin, para pagdating sa playoffs, mas fresh kami,” Castro said. “Like yung last conference namin against San Miguel sa semis, ‘yung energy namin andun. Kaso na-short lang talaga.”
Castro was referring to their Philippine Cup campaign where the Texters also preserved their veterans as much as they could for them to be rejuvenated in the playoffs where they barely missed a finals spot.
“Yun na talaga ‘yung tinitignan namin lagi—‘yung big picture, yung playoffs talaga,” Castro continued. “Tsaka mina-maximize rin namin yung talent namin—until the ninth, tenth guys. Sa practice kasi maganda rin naman pinapakita nila.”
Castro finished with 15 points in 23 minutes, while Ranidel de Ocampo was also efficient as he chipped in 14 points in 15 minutes for TNT, which also saw Larry Fonacier and Roger Pogoy score in double figures.
“Maganda yung nilaro namin, especially yung offense namin,” Castro said. “Marami kaming wide open shots and yung import namin, nakukuha na niya yung laro niya at naku-kundisyon na rin. Sana magtuluy-tuloy na.”