Ed Daquiaog earns Jayson Castro praise, says Meralco rookie has great basketball IQ
Jayson Castro on rookie Ed Daquioag: 'Kita naman yung potential.' Jerome Ascano

IF you earn the respect of the best point guard in Asia, then you must really have something special.

Jayson Castro praised Ed Daquioag for his impressive performance for Meralco in the 98-87 win over TNT Katropa on Friday night in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup.

Daquioag fired 23 points for the second straight game, pouring in 10 of his output in the fourth where the Bolts built enough cushion that kept the Texters at bay.

“Kita naman yung potential,” Castro said of the rookie playmaker. “May outside, inside (game), at yung basketball IQ, nandun. Malawak yung basketball IQ niya.”

After all, Daquioag held his own against Castro, playing solid defense on the Texters superstar and even knocking down a dagger three-pointer over his outstretched arms in the final minute of play.

But it wasn’t merely Daquioag’s play that led to the Texters’ downfall in their first official game under coach Nash Racela.

“Bad start at fifty-fifty balls, napunta sa kanila,” Castro said of the Bolts, who outrebounded TNT, 46-37. “Na-outhustle, na-outrebound kaya siguro nung huli, di na kami nakabangon.”

“It’s a process,” he added. “Kung makita mo yung mo yung game, marami kaming dine-develop sa defense.”

But Castro, who registered 23 points, seven assists, three boards, and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench, believes there’s no more adjustment period specifically playing under Racela this time.

“Wala naman (pagbabago),” Castro said. “Matagal na rin kami na-handle ni coach Nash. Nandyan siya pag wala yung mga head coach. Yung mga defensive scheme lang talaga yung gusto namin ma-develop.”

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