PBA: Jayson Castro remains positive after Talk N' Text's Game 5 loss

Santino Honasan on Aug 15, 2019 07:06 AM
PBA: Jayson Castro remains positive after TNT's Game 5 loss
"Hindi pa naman tapos yung series, we have a chance pa naman na i-even yung series na ‘to sa Friday, para maka-force kami ng Game 7." - Jayson Castro

In the final moments of their 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals Game 5 match-up against San Miguel, Talk N' Text guard Jayson Castro had two good looks from behind the arc that likely would have iced the game for the KaTropa and given them a pivotal 3-2 advantage in the series.

TNT, at that point, had nearly squandered a 16-point advantage that they held at the start of the final period. 

Unfortunately for Castro, the star guard and newly-crowned Best Player of the Conference couldn't come up clutch this time around, and the Beermen ended up stealing Game 5, 99-94 and taking the 3-2 series lead for themselves.

"Siguro number one yung execution namin nung huli, at the same time hindi namin ma-control yung game," Castro said about the loss. "Siguro may mga lapses din kami sa transition defense, at the same time yung mga turnover namin."

Castro finished the game as the team's second-best scorer, finishing with 18 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. 

Indeed, Game was a heartbreaking setback for Castro and the KaTropa, but the veteran floor general isn't looking at it as all bad. 

"Pero may positive side parin naman this game, even though nga na natalo kami, close game na naman," Castro said. "During the first, second, third, talagang controlled namin yung game, yung mga adjustment naman namin na ginawa, effective naman, so, it happens in life talaga. Winning and losing, so maging lesson na lang sa amin ‘to."

After all, with the reigning BPC in Castro and the reigning Best Import in Terrence Jones in their lineup Talk N' Text is by no means out of it. 

"At the same time, yun nga, kung sino naman unang maka-apat diba? Hindi pa naman tapos yung series, we have a chance pa naman na i-even yung series na ‘to sa Friday, para maka-force kami ng Game 7. Hopefully sa Friday, makuha namin. Let’s see," said Castro.

Castro maintains that spirits remain high inside the KaTropa locker room, even after the bitter loss. The focus now shifts to Game 6 this Friday, especially since it's do-or-die from this point onward for Talk N' Text. 

"Okay pa naman kami, positive pa naman kami, kasi alam naman namin na para talunin mo yung best, kailangan mo talagang ibigay yung pinaka-best mo talaga sa kanila, so it’s a challenge talaga sa amin, test din ng character kung paano kami maglaro sa Game 6. Kailangan talagang manalo para ma-force namin yung Game 7. Okay parin naman kami."

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