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    Misfiring Jayson Castro glad to see TnT teammates de Ocampo, Johnson pick up slack

    Mar 1, 2015

    JAYSON Castro insisted he doesn’t have to carry most of the scoring load for Talk ‘N Text with the team's abundance of offensive options in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    The Texters’ star point guard had a rare off-game on Sunday when he mustered just five points on 2-of-7 shooting, but was happy to see his team pull through with a 96-88 win over GlobalPort on Sunday.

    It was the first time Castro failed to reach double figures in scoring this conference, but it hardly mattered as he drew significant support from import Ivan Johnson, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.

    “Hindi ko naman kailangan kami buhatin, kasi team kami lagi,” Castro said. “Even na minsan na ako 'yung scorer, lahat naman kami may contribution eh — hindi lang sa scoring, pati sa defense.”

    Still, it was a rare sub-par offensive game for the Gilas Pilipinas playmaker, who came in averaging 20.3 points through seven games, good for third among locals in this midseason tournament.

    Castro instead became a facilitator, dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds in 30 minutes.

    “Good win for us, kasi na-control namin 'yung game tsaka maganda 'yung execution ng play tsaka si Ivan at si Ranidel maganda laro,” Castro said of the frontline tandem, who combined for 60 points and 25 rebounds.

    “They were really aggressive,” Texters coach Jong Uichico said of his team. 

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