JAYSON Castro was the first to admit that he wasn’t himself in TNT’s past few games.
Knowing how good an import Joshua Smith was, the Kapampangan guard said he willingly took a back seat in the offense and settled for a playmaker role with the KaTropa.
“Magmula nung dumating si Josh, parang masyado ako nag-relax. Parang naging kampante ako na anytime, pwede namin siya puntahan,” he said.
Through that stretch, Castro averaged an uncharacteristic 6.75 points for the KaTropa as he allowed Smith and teammate Terrence Romeo to run the show.
But with the PBA Commissioner’s Cup hitting overdrive and TNT’s chances of making it to the Top Two still possible, he came out of his shell on Friday and unleashed 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists in the team’s 91-85 victory over Meralco.
“Na-realize ko lang na kailangan ko din maging aggressive para maging open si Josh. Nawawala rin kasi timing ko kaya sa start ng game, talagang hinanap ko yung mga dati kong ginagawa,” he said.