JIMMY Alapag believes TNT Katropa remains in good hands with Jayson Castro despite the Texters’ stunning fall in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Almost two years after playing his last game for the Texters and passing the torch to Castro, the unretired Meralco point guard met his former team for the first time in a series and saw their progress with The Blur leading the way.
And despite the Bolts shocking the Texters, 3-1, in their best-of-five series, Alapag remains proud of how far Castro has come as they exchanged a few words after Game Four on Monday night.
“I told him, 'I love those guys and I miss him,'” Alapag said. “I'm proud of the player we all see. I mean, he's the best point guard in Asia for a reason and I'd like to think I have a little piece of his growth as a player.”
“You take someone who is incredibly talented, but maintains that humble, great work ethic about him and that's what we all see,” he added. “That's the player that we all see.”
Alapag event went as far as saying that Castro should firmly be in the conversation for the MVP award this season.
Castro, who politely declined to grant an interview after the game, is running second behind June Mar Fajardo in the statistical standings for the top individual plum and is even slightly ahead of the San Miguel Beer superstar in the Best Player of the Conference race through the end of the elimination round.
Fajardo, though, has the inside track on a record third straight MVP award, but that doesn’t discount the efforts of Castro, who flashed his individual brilliance by dropping 42 points in 27 minutes in the quarterfinals against Phoenix.
“I know June Mar is June Mar, but we're all be making a big mistake if we don't have Jayson Castro in the talk for MVP as well,” Alapag said.