PBA: Castro, TNT locals show up in time to offset import’s struggles

Paul Lintag on Dec 19, 2019 10:48 PM
PBA: Castro, TNT locals show up in time as import struggles
“Team talaga. Kasi once na umasa kami sa import namin, walang mangyayari. Sobrang ganda noong nilaro ng mga locals and at the same time, nadadala namin yung import namin.” — Jayson Castro. (PBA)

Even after losing Game 2 by 20 points, Game 3 actually started to look worse for TNT in the 2019 PBA Governors’s Cup.

The Bolts have opened up a double-digit lead on the KaTropa and TNT import KJ McDaniels couldn’t buy a bucket after a 51-point performance just two days later.

TNT had to rely on its locals to stay in the game and the KaTropa delivered, anchoring a 35-point third quarter to turn the tables on Meralco.

“Yun yung sabi ni coach na kailangan namin ipakita kay KJ na even na masama yung laro niya, nandoon pa rin kami sa ball game,” lead guard Jayson Castro said.

“Kasi once na na-frustrate din kami, ganoon din yung mangyayari parang noong Game 2,” he added.

True enough, TNT got big games from its locals led by 25 points from Troy Rosario and 17 points and 10 assists from Castro.

Despite struggling all game long, McDaniels still managed 18 points, 10 in the fourth.

But for TNT to finally move on to the next round, the KaTropa will need more from McDaniels. Think numbers that a leading Best Import candidate would put up.

However, that doesn’t mean that TNT will just want to put the load all on McDaniels to shoulder.

“Team talaga. Kasi once na umasa kami sa import namin, walang mangyayari. Sobrang ganda noong nilaro ng mga locals and at the same time, nadadala namin yung import namin,” Castro said.

“Sana maganda rin yung game ng import namin going into the next game. Sana yung mga outside shots niya pumasok na ulit,” the Blur addded.

 

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