PBA: Castro exercises caution even as TNT secures 2x-to-beat

Paul Lintag on Jul 07, 2019 08:16 PM
PBA: Castro exercises caution even as TNT secures 2x-to-beat
Twice-to-beat is nice but that’s not a guarantee that the KaTropa can break their semis drought. It’s a step in the right direction though.

For the first time in almost two years, TNT has locked up a top-2 finish in the elimination round.

After a dominant win against Blackwater Sunday, the KaTropa will be a top-2 seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup. The prize is a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

That’s the first time it happened since the 2017 Governors’ Cup when the team had Glen Rice Jr. as import. That’s also the last time TNT advanced to the semifinals.

Twice-to-beat is nice but that’s not a guarantee that the KaTropa can break their semis drought. It’s a step in the right direction though.

“Finally naka twice-to-beat kami. Pero it doesn’t mean guaranteed semis na,” point guard Jayson Castro said.

“Kasi kung di mo paghihirapan ang playoffs talaga talagang, di ba? Pero at least malaki chance namin makapasok ng semis, hopefully makapasok,” he added.

After beating Blackwater, TNT has won seven straight games for a 9-1 record for first place.

The KaTropa are running like a well-oiled machine and the record certainly reflects that.

“We play for each other talaga,” Castro said.

“Yung chemistry, talagang nandun. May import kami na team player talaga, willing to pass kapag may wide open. So as a local, yung commitment namin talagang nandun,” he added.

 

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