PBA: Nash says Castro asked for extra rest after infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl

Paul Lintag on Jul 07, 2018 08:17 PM
PBA: Nash says Castro asked for extra rest
Head coach Nash Racela says his star point guard asked for a day off to help recover from the now infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl earlier this week in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Jayson Castro was DNP-rest Saturday for TNT against Rain or Shine.

Head coach Nash Racela says his star point guard asked for a day off to help recover from the now infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl earlier this week in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

"Well, he needed time to recover. He talked to me before the game, he was asking for some rest," Racela said.

"We were able to give it to Roger [Pogoy] in a way by lessening his minutes but just give him time to recover. Hopefully, he'll be ready for next round," he added.

Castro for his part, says it was perfect timing to rest and recover considering the TNT-ROS game was pretty much no bearing.

The Elasto Painters were no. 1 anyway and the KaTropa were set to a best-of-3 series in the quarterfinals.

"Kinausap ko lang din si coach. Ready to play ako pero since nakita ko yung situation na kaya naman and at the same time the way Rain or Shine played parang relaxed sila," Castro said.

"So might as well magrest na lang ako para makapagpahinga for the playoffs," he added.

After barely making the Philippine Cup playoffs, Castro likewise mentioned that there's a collective sigh of relief for TNT now after locking up the no. 3 seed.

"Nananalangin pa kami na manalo yung mga ibang teams. Parang twice-to-beat yung kalaban namin. This time number three kami, which is yun naman yung gusto namin, nasa Top 4 kami," he said.

"Kung sinong makalaban namin okay lang naman, parehong top team naman sa PBA yun eh. At least best-of-three, may chance kaming makabawi just in case maunahan," Castro added.

 


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