Blur, please don't ever retire from Gilas Pilipinas
Paul Lintag on Nov 28, 2017 01:28 PM
Just last year, Castro seemed content walking away from Gilas Pilipinas after the team's latest failed attempt to make it to the Olympics. Now, Castro looks like he's not going to retire until he leads the Philippines back to the World Cup and the Olympics. He sure plays like that's the case.
MANILA, Philippines --- It looks like the Jayson Castro who was named as the best point guard in Asia twice is finally back for Gilas Pilipinas.
Since his first retirement from international play following the country's failed bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Castro has not been the same for Gilas.
His first major tournament back, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, he struggled mightily although it can also be seen as him letting Terrence Romeo do most of the heavy lifting at the guard spot. A passing of the torch kind of thing if you will.
Either way, Castro still had a bad tournament and it ended in a bummer when he left the Philippines' final game with an apparent knee injury. Gilas finished 7th, a far cry from back-to-back silver medal finishes from the two previous FIBA Asia Championship tournaments.
But with the Philippines looking to make it back to the FIBA World Cup, it's Castro once again leading the charge for the national team.
Gilas is 2-0 so far after the first window of the Asian Qualifiers and you can thank the Blur for both wins.
Against Japan on the road, Castro couldn't do anything wrong, going for 20 points on 54 percent shooting to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.
He drilled a booming clutch triple to stop a Japanese rally as the Philippines got on the board first.
Against Taipei at home, Castro recovered from a poor start and went on to finish with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
He did his best work once again in the fourth, dropping 12 points and running the Gilas offense to near perfection as the national team swept the opening window of the Qualifiers.
With these types of performances, you wonder why Castro even left. However, there's no need to wonder why Castro decided to come back.
"Siguro gusto ko lang talaga maglaro para sa bayan, makapasok ulit sa FIBA World," the Blur said.
"Tsaka yung pinapangarap natin na Olympics, ayun," he added.
Just last year, Castro seemed content walking away from Gilas Pilipinas after the team's latest failed attempt to make it to the Olympics.
Now, Castro looks like he's not going to retire until he leads the Philippines back to the World Cup and the Olympics. He sure plays like that's the case.
Please don't ever retire, Blur.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8