Jayson Castro willing to take backseat to younger teammates on offense as long as TNT wins
Jayson Castro was held to a season-low 10 points on 10 attempts but was willing to play decoy for his other teammates to score. Jerome Ascano

JAYSON Castro doesn’t mind taking a backseat to his younger teammates as far as carrying the offensive load is concerned these days in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Coming in averaging 18.3 points on 13.8 attempts in 29 minutes in his first six games, the Texters superstar was held to his lowest output this conference with just 10 points on 10 attempts in the 104-92 win over Mahindra on Wednesday night.

Sophomores Troy Rosario and Mo Tautuaa, rookie Roger Pogoy, and two other Texters scored more than Castro, who has turned into a decoy and has had a more conscious effort in distributing the ball.

“Yun yung adjustment ko,” Castro said after the game. “Alam naman natin pag nag-dridrive ako magco-collapse yung defense. Ngayon, hinihintay ko na lang kung ano ibibigay ng defense bago ako mag-counter. And then, more ini-involve ko yung mga teammates ko.”

Castro dished out four assists and added three boards and two steals against the Floodbuster as he has continued to embrace his role off the bench for coach Nash Racela.

“Okay naman,” said Castro, who has started just one game this conference. “Kami naman, ni-recall lang namin nung nag-chachampion kami. Yung minutes namin ngayon, binababaan para equal opportunity sa lahat. At the same time, every time napagpasok namin nagpre-press kami.”

“Wala namang problema sa amin yun,” the Gilas standout added as his team improved to a 5-4 win-loss record. “Yung goal namin is as a team talaga.”

Castro also hopes the Texters can finally build momentum heading into the end of the eliminations.

“Sana (ma-sustain) kasi yun yung isang challenge sa amin ni coach,” Castro said. “Once na umiikot yung bola, gumaganda laro namin. Kailangan maging team talaga kami.”

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