TROPANG TNT hopes to cope without its franchise player as it tries to revive its title-retention bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, taking on NLEX on Sunday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
Texters superstar Jayson Castro is doubtful after an old Achilles injury resurfaced following a wrong step in the team’s 96-88 loss to Star last week.
“He might not play,” Texters coach Jong Uichico bared ahead of the matchup that tips off at 3 p.m.
That compounds the misery of the Texters, whose title defense is in jeopardy, having been stuck at the bottom with just two wins in four games in a tie with Phoenix and GlobalPort.
“We’ll just try to win as many games as we can and we’ll see what happens in the end,” Uichico said as he hopes import David Simon will make up for a measly 12-point outing against the Hotshots.
The Texters’ first step is against their sister squad in the Road Warriors, who are fresh from a 104-99 victory over another affiliate club in Meralco last Friday.
The Road Warriors, who are in the middle of the pack with an even 3-3 win-loss record, seek to pull off a repeat of their feat last conference where they swept their sister teams in their meetings in the elimination round.
Al Thornton, who had 38 points against the Bolts, carries most of the offensive load anew for the Road Warriors.
Barangay Ginebra and Blackwater, tied with NLEX with the same record, look to break a logjam as they face off in the main game of the doubleheader at 5:15 p.m.