HIS team may have lost, but LA Revilla still earned some praise from arguably the best player in his position in the PBA after Mahindra’s 86-84 defeat at the hands of TNT KaTropa in their Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Sunday.
Jayson Castro had some nice words to say to his Gilas pool teammate and Mahindra playmaker who orchestrated his team in almost pulling off the upset over the Texters.
“Alam naman natin si LA, yung basketball IQ niya, sobrang taas, at magaling siya mag-execute ng plays nila,” Castro said. “Point guard na point guard talaga – alam niyang i-set up yung mga teammate niya. Magaling.”
But more than a facilitator, Revilla had a conscious effort to be more aggressive on offense as he scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting after coming in averaging just 5.6 points in his first five games this conference.
The pint-sized point guard added three assists, two steals, and one board in 30 minutes as he had the better of his individual matchup with Castro, who wound up with just 10 points on eight attempts and committed five turnovers in 24 minutes, although he registered seven assists, five boards, and one steal.
Asked if Mahindra did anything special to limit his production, Castro felt otherwise.
“Wala naman,” he insisted. “Medyo masyado lang kaming tight kanina, kasi alam namin na kaya namin sila, and then hindi namin nae-execute yung plays namin ng mabuti, then more on one-on-one.
“Next time, kailangan namin talagang i-run yung plays namin at i-involve yung mga teammate ko,” he added.
Still, Castro views it as a good sign that the Texters are prevailing despite committing errors.
“Oo naman. A win is a win,” Castro said. “Siguro pinaka-ano lang namin is tingnan namin yung game namin at kailangan naming mag-improve from that. More on focus pa sa defense, kasi once na nasho-shoot-an kami or masama yung depensa namin, talagang struggle.”