PBA: Castro vows TNT will bounce back: "Sobrang nakakahiya na"

Paul Lintag on Nov 05, 2018 02:08 PM
PBA: Castro vows TNT will bounce back:
After taking a beating at the hands of two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra Sunday, the KaTropa missed the 2018 Governors' Cup playoffs, finishing with a 4-7 mark for ninth place. It's the first time TNT missed the playoffs since the 2015 Governors' Cup.

It was a bad year for TNT in the PBA.

The flagship MVP franchise was out of character all season long, finishing below .500 twice in the elimination round and never made it past the quarterfinals.

After taking a beating at the hands of two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra Sunday, the KaTropa missed the 2018 Governors' Cup playoffs, finishing with a 4-7 mark for ninth place.

It's the first time TNT missed the playoffs since the 2015 Governors' Cup.

It's a far cry from last season when the KaTropa made the semifinals three times and the Finals once.

"Di man lang kami umabot ng semis [this season]," star guard Jayson Castro said.

"Syempre nakakalungkot kasi last season lagi kaming semis then nakapasok pa kami ng Finals," he added.

After a strong season last year, expectations were naturally high for TNT.

After a rare poor performance in the All-Filipino, the KaTropa pulled the trigger and added star guard Terrence Romeo via trade.

Still, the team failed to figure things out as the season progressed and the KaTropa even let go of head coach Nash Racela, opting to promote Bong Ravena. The team also added coach Mark Dickel from New Zealand.

It worked for a minis stretch in the Governors' Cup as the KaTropa recovered from a 1-4 start.

And then it just crashed and burned and they missed the playoffs.

Castro vows TNT will bounce back.

"Hopefully next season makabawi kami kasi sobrang nakakahiya na," he said.

"Before contender kami and then ngayon lagi kaming out," Castro added.

 


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