JAYSON Castro said beating four-time defending champion San Miguel is enough motivation for TNT KaTropa to do their best in Sunday’s marquee match-up.
“Wala naman,” Castro said when asked if there was extra motivation for Sunday’s game. “Siyempre, defending champion and at the same time, kailangan naming manalo. Kapag natalo kami, nandoon naman kami sa pinakababa. Kailangan lang namin manalo."
A sidelight in Sunday’s match was the first battle between the two teams since making a blockbuster trade that sent Terrence Romeo to San Miguel for Brian Heruela, David Semerad, and TNT’s 2020 first-round draft pick.
Romeo, however, did not play in the game because of a sprained ankle.
Castro didn’t respond to a question by a reporter on whether or not playing against his former teammate was also a motivation to perform well. He was just happy with the win that snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Beermen.
“Hindi ko na nga maalala dahil lagi kaming natatalo sa kanila. Magandang panalo ito sa amin para sa confidence ng team. Even ‘yung mga losses namin, nakikita namin na positive naman. Doon kami tumitingin doon sa positive tapos doon kami nag-bubuild,” said Castro.
Castro had 24 points and 11 assists to power TNT to a 104-93 win over San Miguel for the KaTropa’s second win in a row.
The TNT skipper said the team has been working hard to learn the system of TNT coach Bong Ravena and active consultant Mark Dickel.
“’Yun ‘yung pina-practice namin almost every day ‘yung offense namin. Parang equal opportunity para sa lahat. Kung sino ang wide open, walang designation kung sino ang titira. Kung kanino mapunta ‘yung open shot, itira with confidence,” said Castro.
Castro also said the win was a team effort.
“Team kami. Hindi lang ako. Every team naman kailagan kaya siguro nanalo kami sa game na ‘to,” said Castro.