PBA: Castro's return a welcome sight for playoff-seeking TNT
Philip Matel on Oct 27, 2018 07:58 AM
Three MVP teams are vying for the final two spots in the eight-team postseason.
ANTIPOLO CITY -- The Governors' Cup playoff race is heating up, and among those in the fray for one of the final spots are the TNT KaTropa.
In fact, three MVP teams are vying for the final two spots in the eight-team postseason.
The NLEX Road Warriors, who won an important overtime game against Alaska, 116-110, in the first of the Friday doubleheader is at a safer spot at seventh with an even 5-5 record.
For the eighth and final spot is a more complicated one, since two-time finalist Meralco and the flagship franchise TNT are both locked up at 4-6, and of course, one of them has to go.
Both teams will be facing premier squads of the PBA, with Meralco locking horns with the San Miguel Beermen, who will be most likely parading four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
It could be a more difficult task for the KaTropa, since they will be facing two-time defending champions Ginebra, a team gunning for the top of the standings.
However, the KaTropa can breathe a little sigh of relief since the veteran Jayson Castro is back on board for the team.
Castro had been out for the previous three games due to bone spurs in his right foot, and in his return, had contributed 13 points and five assists as a starter.
The wily floor general expressed his elation in returning at a most opportune time for his squad.
"Masarap ulit magbasketball. Medyo nandoon na pero yun nga, next game, hopefull makapagperform pa nang maganda."
The 32-year old also said that he tested his feet by doing some moves and no pain was felt on his recovering foot.
Castro then added that the new system put up by Bong Ravena and Mark Dickel can do wonders for the team, since it will mean a matter of life or death in the home stretch of this PBA season.
As they face the aforementioned Gin Kings, the dimunitive point guard knows it will be a very daunting task, but assures they are up for the challenge.
"Yun nga lang. Kalaban namin Ginebra pero its a challenge sa team namin kung paano kami mag-bounce back from this loss. Especially tambak pa. Lahat naman sa amin, positive pa naman kami na kaya pa namin manalo."
"Hopefully, versus sa Ginebra, manalo kami."
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