Castro officially retires from Gilas Pilipinas
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 07, 2016 10:56 PM
Jayson Castro officially retires from the national team after failed attempt to reach Rio Olympics.
End of an era for Gilas Pilipinas.
Jayson Castro has followed his mentor Jimmy Alapag and announced his retirement from the national team Thursday night.
Castro, the best point guard in Asia since 2013, played his final game for Gilas Wednesday night, scoring 13 points in an 80-89 loss to New Zealand.
The Philippines lost its chance to the Rio Olympics with that defeat.
The Blur hinted his Gilas retirement in the immediate aftermath of their loss to the Tall Blacks, now it's sadly official.
Castro announced his emotional decision on his Instagram page.
The end of our bid for a spot at the Rio Olympics will also be the end of my stint as a member of Gilas Pilipinas. For the past few years, it has been my honor to represent all of you but now it's time to hand over the responsibility to the younger generation. Maraming salamat sa walang sawang pagsuporta niyo sa Gilas. Hindi ko makakalimutan lahat ng pinagsamahan natin. Ako si Jayson Castro William, taga Guagua, Pampanga, lumaban para sa bayan. #7 #PUSO
The Tropang TNT guard has been a fixture in almost all versions of Gilas Pilipinas, making it to the all-tournament team of the 2013 and 2015 FIBA-Asia Championships.
The Philippines won silver in both tournaments, losing to Iran in 2013 and to China in 2015.
Thank you Blur.