RAIN or Shine import Wayne Chism can’t help but be reminded of Golden State’s Stephen Curry after the Elasto Painters survived Jayson Castro’s remarkable three-point shooting in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Castro, the leading contender for the Best Player of the Conference award, torched the opposition with a league career-high 44 points on a sizzling 9-of-14 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
The nine three-pointers were a PBA Finals record for a local and the fourth all-time most three-point shots made by a local in a game, according to league head statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
The hot-shooting by the Talk ‘N Text gunner, however, went for naught as a resolute defense and strong second half fightback turned the tide for the Elasto Painters, who pulled off a 116-108 win to tie the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
Still, Chism was left impressed with the way Castro shot the lights out at the Big Dome and scored the most points by a local in the Finals since the great Allan Caidic finished with 48 points for Great Taste in Game Three of the 1987 Open Conference title series against Tanduay.
“If you tell that kid (Castro) you don’t shoot, he’ll get mad at you. He got flame (in his hands) right now. He’s got so much confidence,” said Chism after the game.
The 6-foot-8 import admitted he has never seen anybody shoot that well in a game, especially from the three-point arc, prompting him to draw comparisons with the hot-shooting Curry.
“They (Tropang Texters) run a lot of confidence, especially off Jayson,” said the 27-year-old former Tennessee standout. “He’s shooting the lights out right now. You can call him Curry right now. He’s playing like Steph right now, so we just have to contain him and weather the storm because he played his tail off tonight.”
Just a week ago, the 6-foot-3 Curry, one half of the Warriors’ famed ‘Splash Brothers,' eclipsed his own NBA record for most three-pointers made in a season after scoring 45 points to help Golden State beat the Portland Trailblazers, 116-105.
Despite the series now reduced into a best-of-five affair, Chism said the Elasto Painters can’t afford to relax and think they can bowl over the Tropang Texters.
“Any team is capable of getting beat. And tonight, we showed we can beat this team. But we gotta play this way in this series to be able to top this team and win (the championship),” he said.