AS he started to talk to the media in the press room after receiving the Best Player of the Conference award, Jayson Castro heard the TV panel acknowledge Jimmy Alapag after the Meralco point guard buried a triple that put him on top of the three-point shooting list.
Again, Alapag and the rest of the Bolts took the spotlight away from the TNT Katropa superstar like what they did in the Governors’ Cup semifinals when they toppled the Texters in four games.
And that’s why Castro has mixed feeling after receiving the top individual award in the season-ending tournament.
“Sobrang happy ako, pero pag nababasa ko yung series namin versus Meralco, medyo frustrated kasi feeling namin andun na kami kasi ang ganda ng start ng season namin,” Castro said, bitterness still palpable in his voice.
“Tapos yung nga pagdating sa series bigla kaming nawala. So parang isang lesson na lang siguro sa amin ito para pagdating sa mga next na series, yun nga, mag-adjust na kami.”
Castro now has collected four BPC awards for second most in a tie with June Mar Fajardo and one behind Danny Ildefonso.
Fajardo, though, is poised to win a third straight MVP award, while the 30-year-old Castro has yet to win one.
“Lahat naman siguro ng player gustong yun nga, makuha yung (MVP) award pero sa akin, iniisip ko, especially ako, kung paano makapasok ng finals yung team ko,” Castro said.
“Kasi kapag nakapasok ng finals, lahat parang andun na. Kung talagang para sa'yo, ibibigay talaga. So yun ang motivation ko sa sarili ko.”
Still, Castro feels he has a chip on his shoulder despite his individually accolades.
“Oo naman (marami pa rin challenge sa PBA) kasi every year na lang andaming magaling na player di ba,” Castro said. “Sabi nga nila, parang wag kang makuntento kung ano ang mararating mo. Kailangan ko laging i-prove ang sarili ko sa kanila.”