FOR Jayson Castro and rest of Talk ‘N Text, patience was a virtue that keyed the Tropang Texters’ 86-76 win over San Mig Super Coffee in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night.
Held to 17 points after missing 12 of 15 shots in Game One, Castro recovered in a huge way, scattering a game-high 30 points on 10-of-21 shooting in the victory that evened the best-of-five series at 1-1.
What’s more remarkable is the 5-foot-10 playmaker reached the 30-point plateau at the expense of one of the league’s top defensive players in Marc Pingris
“Mahirap kasi defensive player talaga yun eh,” Castro admitted, referring to Pingris. “Siguro we just ran our offense…at sabi ni coach we had to be patient on offense kasi pag hindi namin na-run yung offense namin, for sure, tatakbuhan kami.”
“Kinontrol lang namin yung game,” added Castro, who also chipped in seven boards, five assists, four steals, and one block in 34 minutes.
After allowing the Mixers to score 21 turnover points and the same number of fast-break points, the Texters limited their rivals to just 10 fast-break points this time, although they did have 24 points off TNT’s 21 turnovers.
Castro was personally challenged to score against Gilas Pilipinas teammate Pingris and another pesky defender in Mark Barroca.
“Na-challenge at the same time inisip kung anong mga adjustment na gagawin kasi hindi lang naman ako eh. sa buong team ‘to,” said the man they call The Blur, who would gladly trade a high-scoring night for a win and a championship.
“Even umiskor ako ng five points basta manalo kami, okay sa akin ‘yun.”