Playing his worst playoff game since Game 7 of the 2011 Governors’ Cup Finals, Jayson Castro still found a way to deliver for TNT in the clutch, shooting a dagger straight to the heart of Bgry. Ginebra.
Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals was Jayson Castro’s worst playoff outing since Game 7 of the 2011 Governors’ Cup Finals.
Six years ago, a young Castro missed all seven of his shots from the field and scored only two points as Talk ‘N Text lost to Petron, denying the flagship MVP franchise a chance at a Grand Slam.
Six years later, a veteran Castro struggled again, missing all but one of his 10 shots from the field against Brgy. Ginebra.
But that didn’t really matter for TNT in the grand scheme of things as Castro’s only shot was the biggest one in Game 1. The Blur buried a booming three with 12 seconds to go, icing the KaTropa’s series-opening win against the top-seeded Gin Kings.
“Actually ayaw ko na nga na itira niya yung huli kasi nagmi-mintis eh,” head coach Nash Racela said.
“But again, Jayson will be Jayson, he was really born for thos moments. He hit the biggest shot of the game,” he added.
Following a 31-point explosion in TNT’s knockout win against Meralco Friday, Castro settled for only four points Sunday.
But as long as TNT keeps on winning, everything is good for the reigning two-time Best Point Guard in Asia.
“Alam naman natin na sa series, yung Game 1 pinaka-importante. Sana magtuluy-tuloy,” Castro said.
“Kailangan namin maging ready and at the same tine, i-improve pa namin yung mga mistakes namin sa gama na ito,” he added.
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