JAYSON Castro admitted TnT’s game against Blackwater Wednesday night was like a do-or-die game for the team.
The Katropa were coming off a huge loss against reigning champion San Miguel Beermen and another setback against the Elite could mean endangering their campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup.
“Once matalao kami rito, hindi ko alam kung saan kami pupulutin,” said ‘The Blur.’
Coach Nash Racela agreed with his star player.
“We knew going to the game a loss is not really an option for us because mahihirapan na kami,” he said.
After a first half struggle, the Katropa got their acts in the third quarter which Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario anchored to turn the tide around and pull off a 92-83 win at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Castro turned in 17 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals in an all-around effort that netted TnT its second win in four outings.
He said a big adjustment on the defensive end in the second half, buoyed by the late entry of veteran Kelly Williams, keyed the victory for the Katropa, who trailed by as many as 43-33 late in the second period.
“Naka-adjust kami as defensive scheme nila sa akin at sa mga big men namin. We also figured out kung paano i-counter yung defense nila,” said Asia’s two-time best point guard.
Castro also acknowledged the huge contribution of the 6-foot-6 Williams to contain Blackwater’s frontcourt rotation of John Paul Erram, Mac Belo, and Raymar Jose.
“Siya yung naging anchor ng defense namin sa big men nila (during the second half),” said the TnT star of Williams, who came in late for the game after being caught in a monstrous traffic jam at C-5 on his way to the Big Dome.