JAYSON Castro respected the decision of TNT Katropa coaches to bench him for the entire fourth quarter of the team’s 106-91 loss to Meralco in Game Two of their PBA Governors Cup semifinals Thursday night.
“Wala naman akong iniinda, coach’s decision ‘yun (na i-bench ako ng fourth quarter),” he casually told mediamen waiting for him outside the Texters’ dugout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But Castro doesn’t mind the move, saying the loss served as an early wake-up call for the team which only absorbed a single setback heading into the playoffs of the season-ending meet.
“Second time pa lang namin matalo (this conference) so siguro 'yung mga players nakuntento na,” added Castro, whose team-high 24 points went for naught as the Texters found themselves tied with the Bolts at 1-1 in the best of five series.
“So siguro wakeup call sa amin 'yun na pagdating ng Game 3 ready kami.”
Prior to the loss, Mahindra was the only team to have beaten TNT Katropa in the tournament.
Castro though, chose to remain optimistic coming into Game Three set on Saturday.
“Lahat naman kami positive kasi siguro kailangan din namin matalo para at least malaman namin 'yung mga weaknesses namin,” said Castro. “So ok naman, lahat naman kaming players positive.”