Castro the leader shows TNT how winning is done

Paul Lintag on Apr 07, 2017 10:08 PM
Castro the leader shows TNT how winning is done
Every time TNT needs a lift, the KaTropa can always count on Jayson Castro.

By now, it's common knowledge that Jayson Castro will once again don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey and his first tournament back from "retirement" would be the 2017 SEABA Championships in Manila.

That means, the Blur will leave his mother team TNT for a while and the rest of the KaTropa will have to fend for themselves.

However, as long as Castro is still with his team in the Commissioner's Cup, the reigning two-time best point guard in Asia will just have to continue doing what he does best.

And last time we checked, Castro is still pretty good in leading TNT to wins.

The latest example came Friday night as the Blur practically willed TNT to victory against sister team NLEX, erasing a 29-point second-half deficit to win by five points in overtime.

Castro finished with 32 points and 11 assists but more than his numbers, it was his actions that were more important for TNT in the grand scheme of things.

"Kung di ko gagawin yun, di rin susunod yung teammates ko, especially yung young guys namin. Sabi ni coach, 'maging example ka sa kanila,'" Castro said on his import-like effort to carry TNT.

"Syempre as a veteran and as one of the leaders in the team, kailangan ko rin ipakita yun para at least sa next game namin, maging example itong larong ito," he added noting that the NLEX game was a good reminder that good things tend to happen if you don't give up.

With TNT starting to roll with its third straight win, Castro now wants his squad to get rid of their bad habits in order to make another run at a title, with or without him basically.

That means the KaTropa would most probably have to hold themselves accountable on defense, something that head coach Nash Racela also mentioned in his post-game interview immediately after the stunner on the Road Warriors.

"Sobrang lazy namin sa defense. Umaasa kami sa offense namin na mag-click and then at the same time, once maka-shoot sila, yung mga tough shots, nada-down kami," Castro said.

"Isa yun sa mga [pointed out] ko. Miss or made, ganun pa rin yung intensity ng defense namin, dapat yun nga, high energy. Alam naman namin yung kakayahan namin eh," he added.



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