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Well-rested Castro leads TNT in first game back (December 03, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGES

If there’s one thing his hiatus did well for Jayson Castro, it definitely made him miss playing on the hard court.

Making his season debut on Friday for TNT, the Kapampangan spitfire truly showed what his team had missed the past two games.

Castro didn’t waste time in reminding everyone what he’s capable off, firing 20 points and collecting five rebounds and five assists in the KaTropa’s 99-92 victory over the Blackwater Elite.

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Belo still not used to facing former coach Nash Racela (December 03, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Mac Belo squeezes by Larry Fonacier and Harvey Carey.

Together for almost five years, Mac Belo admits it was a weird feeling seeing coach Nash Racela on the other side when Blackwater played TNT on Friday.

“I’m used to having him always on my side,” the prized rookie said as his partnership with Racela dates back from their days in Far Eastern University, Phoenix in the PBA D-League, and even in the international stage as a part of the Gilas cadets. “He coached me for so long so he knows my game and my tendencies.”

Belo also admitted that there were times where he would look at Racela to get instructions before stopping himself midway and realizing that they’re already on different teams.

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 Stanley Pringle led all scorers with 24 points, lifting GlobalPort past Star 91-84. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Stanley Pringle scored 24 points on an efficient shooting night as GlobalPort staved off a second-half rally by Star to win 91-84 in the Philippine Basketball Association at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

Pringle shot 10 of 15 from the field for the Batang Pier, who built a 21-point lead in the first quarter only to see it dwindle to single digits after the break.

The win enabled GlobalPort (2-0) to share the top of the standings with Rain or Shine.

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 Jayson Castro missed Talk N Text's first two games but performed brilliantly in his return on Friday. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Moala Tautaa scored 20 points and Jayson Castro made his season debut finishing with the same output as Talk N Text dealt Blackwater its first loss of the season, 99-92, in the Philippine Basketball Association at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

Castro was out for the first two games as part of an extended time off, but he didn't miss a beat in his return helping Talk N Text win its second game in three starts.

Talk N Text needed to overcome a slow start against Blackwater though.

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 Barangay Ginebra's Kevin Ferrer | PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Kevin Ferrer pocketed a rookie contract that puts a target behind his back.

But in his debut against TNT, he was far from the lethal version of himself.

Playing for roughly 12 minutes, the Barangay Ginebra rookie understands his predicament: The team that picked him is the latest champions, he is surrounded by grizzled veterans, and most importantly, he has to earn his minutes.

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 Terrence Romeo is again expected to lead GlobalPort. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — GlobalPort guns for its second straight win when it tackles Star at the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

The Batang Pier (1-0) looked good during their first game when they shut down Mahindra, 97-75, last week.

But GlobalPort will be up against a gritty Hotshot squad (0-1) that gave San Miguel a stiff competition before losing 96-88.

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Confirmation game for Blackwater as they go up against TNT (December 02, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Blackwater Elite. PBA Media Bureau

Blackwater sets out to extend a franchise-best start and win three straight games for the first time in its PBA life, but more importantly, to get confirmation of its newfound status as one of the league’s respected teams.

But coach Leo Isaac doesn’t want any of that to go into his Elite’s heads, wanting them to treat their 4:15 p.m. clash with powerhouse TNT KaTropa and the returning Jason Castro at Smart Araneta Coliseum today “as just one of those games, and nothing out of the ordinary.”

“I don’t want them to veer away from their regular system,” Isaac told the Inquirer over the phone yesterday after preparing for the final time against the Texters, who will welcome back franchise player Castro after a two-game absence.

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