WHO wouldn’t be motivated to play against the PBA’s most popular team?
Jayson Castro put up his most efficient, all-around line for Talk ‘N Text in the Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the expense of Barangay Ginebra
The Tropang Texters star point guard scattered a season-high 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and three steals, including the win-preserving interception, in 36 minutes to lead his team to the come-from-behind 104-103 victory.
“Siguro na-challenge lang ako kasi against Ginebra,” Castro said after he shot 11 of 18 from the field, including six three-pointers.
It was a fitting follow-up to his performance against Barako Bull last Friday when he tallied 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, two boards, two assists, and two steals in 28 minutes in the 80-75 win.
That two-game showcase was more than enough to gain him the nod of the PBA Press Corps as its the Player of the Week.
While he exploded offensively, it was his defensive exploits that sealed the Texters’ latest victory in the midseason conference.
With TNT holding on to a precarious one-point lead, Castro intercepted Gin Kings forward Mac Baracael’s inbound pass to teammate LA Tenorio with 2.8 seconds left to preserve the result.
“Basta we needed to get one stop lang for the win, so ginawa ko yung makakaya ko at nakuha ko yung bola,” Castro said
But the Gilas Pilpinas playmaker deflected the credit to his teammates.
“Maganda contribution ng bawat isa sa amin. Yung bench namin ready sila to play,” said Castro, whose team drew 18 bench points. “As in total team effort talaga.”
Even with TNT having the share of the lead after their fourth win in five games, Castro stressed his team is still far from where it wants to be.
“Nandun kami, pero lahat ng team naman malakas. So one game at a time. hindi naman namin tinitingnan na nandun kaagad eh.”