PBA: "Hindi na import yung problema namin." - Castro

Philip Matel on Aug 26, 2018 09:17 PM
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For one of the league's best floor generals, the locals' effort is clearly not enough, as he calls for himself and his teammates to step up more for the KaTropa.

It's not a good start for the TNT KaTropa.

The flagship franchise is mired in a 1-3 hole, off to their second straight loss, a 125-96 thrashing by the Alaska Aces.

They've already replaced an import in Mike Glover, and replacement Stacy Davis clearly cannot carry all of his teammates. For Jayson Castro, somebody needs to step up, and those are the locals.

Of their 96 points, 26 came from Davis, while three more Filipinos scored in double-figures. 16, 13, and 10 for Troy Rosario, Castro, and RR Pogoy, respectively.

For one of the league's best floor generals, the locals' effort is clearly not enough, as he calls for himself and his teammates to step up more for the KaTropa.

Ironically, for this conference, their lone win was earned playing without an import, against sister team Meralco at the Ynares Center. Castro says, the problem lies deeper, and never about their new import.

"Yes. Pero yung part na yun.. Nanalo kami na walang import then may import, parang yung energy namin, parang ganun diba, dalawang games na sunod so siguro hindi na yung import eh. Yung locals talaga – kami. Hindi na import yung problema namin."

The team stumbling out of the starting gate came as a big surprise for Castro, as the team, he said, had very high expectations for the final conference of the year, considering they finished 8-3 in the previous conference.

Who knows, the 1-3 start may be a blessing in disguise. The Commissioner's Cup champs, Ginebra, started 1-5 and slayed defending champs San Miguel Beer in six games.

However, things need to change for the KaTropa in order to have a chance to follow the same path.

"Pero kailangan may mangyaring iba sa amin. Kailangan yung mindset namin, ibahin namin. Kasi nasa players, hindi na sa coaches o kung sino man. Kami yung naglalaro sa loob eh. So walang dapat sisihin kundi kami."

 

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