Jayson Castro likes TNT's chances as underdog vs San Miguel
Philip Matel on Mar 04, 2018 10:27 PM
Despite his sixth-man role this time around, Jayson Castro does not mind getting less minutes, as long as his team reaps the Ws.
TNT Katropa guard Jayson Castro says that he likes the chances of his team as the underdog as they go against three-time defending Philippine Cup Champions San Miguel Beermen in a do-or-die 8-versus-1 matchup for the KaTropa Tuesday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena.
San Miguel will be a very familiar foe for TNT as they faced them in a seven-game semifinals series which saw the Beermen win en route to their third straight crown.
However, the circumstances will be very much different as the flagship franchise is down as the number eight seed, facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the most dominant All-Filipino team in years.
Although holding that disadvantage, the veteran is very much optimistic of their chances against the deep and talented roster of coach Leo Austria.
"I think may chance kami. Kasi lagi namin sila nakakalaban sa semis, kailangan lang namin ma-execute yung offense, and defensively maganda naman yung rotation namin, at the same time, yun nga, na-didisrupt namin sila so sana maging maganda ulit yung game namin," Castro said.
The point guard, who came off the bench for the second straight time delivered a great all-around performance, posting a near-triple-double of 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists in almost 24 minutes of action in their win against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
Despite his sixth-man role this time around, Castro does not mind getting less minutes, as long as his team reaps the Ws.
"Basta nananalo kami, walang problema sa akin kahit off the bench ako basta panalo. Yun naman ang sa akin. Syempre diskarte ng mga coaches namin. Support ako sa kanila."
With their crunch-time loss against SMB in Iloilo, where Castro and his team gave away a late lead, he hopes that the team had already learned their lesson with Phoenix's drubbing, and use it against San Miguel.
"Pagdating ng fourth quarter, yun yung nagiging problem namin eh. This time, sana yun nga, pagdating namin ng fourth quarter, nafi-finish namin yung game."
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