Statement game for 'Greatest' inductee Jayson Castro: 'I want to prove na karapat-dapat ako 'dun'
Talk 'N Text guard Jayson Castro scored 27 points built around eight three-pointers in Game Three against Purefoods, a day after being honored among the PBA's '40 Greatest Players.' Jerome Ascano

JAYSON Castro admitted he was trying to make a statement as he towed Talk ‘N Text to a 111-107 win over Purefoods in Game Three of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Thursday night.

A day after being officially — and questionably for some — named to the league’s 40 Greatest Players, the Tropang Texters star showed he belongs to the prestigious list as he scattered 27 points, making all but one of his nine three-point attempts, on top of 10 assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 39 minutes.

Those all-around numbers were enough to lead to Texters to the verge of clinching a finals berth opposite Rain or Shine.

“Napasama ako ‘dun (sa list) and then sinasabi nila na bata pa ako, so I want to prove sa kanila na karapat-dapat ako ‘dun,” the 28-year-old Castro said.

But the two-time Best Player of the Conference winner and two-time Finals MVP also admitted he still has a lot to learn.

“Kailangan ko pa malaman yung mga dapat ko pang i-improve as a point guard.”

That’s why he was also quick to deflect credit to his teammates, who provided ample support as six Texters scored at least nine points.

“Walang individual sa amin; hindi lang isa ang umiiskor at dumedepensa,” Castro stressed. “Total team effort talaga.”

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