The 29-year-old Tropang TNT Texter has finally got his diploma years after leaving college for professional basketball.
Castro was one of Philippine Christian University’s (PCU) biggest stars in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the early 2000’s.
But when PCU was suspended from the NCAA due to irregularities in its high school team, he joined the now defunct Philippine Basketball League, before enlisting in the 2008 PBA Rookie Draft....
After carrying the fight for the Singapore Slingers in the last game of the recently concluded ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season, it did not take long before Kris Rosales received offers from multiple teams to join them.
The 19th pick of the 2015 PBA draft by Barako Bull, Rosales was left unsigned as the team suddenly traded for multiple point guards, rendering Rosales’ spot redundant. After helping the Singapore Slingers make it to the ABL Finals for the first time missing two conferences in the PBA, Rosales decided to sign a multiple year contract with Tropang TNT.
“It was difficult not being signed because I was so anxious to play in the PBA. I was only down about it for a couple days then I moved on and focused on the next part of my journey,” Rosales said....
There was a time not too long ago when Tropang TNT was consistently contending for every title. But since its last championship in last season’s Commissioner’s Cup, they’ve failed to advance past the quarterfinal round and missed the final four in three straight conferences.
That struggle isn’t lost on Tropang TNT’s ace point guard Jayson Castro.
“Parang hirap na hirap kaming maka-semis ngayon unlike before na automatic semis kami, andun kami agad,” Castro said....
Tropang TNT team owner Manuel V. Pangilinan spoke with the management and coaching staff in a lengthy meeting on Friday night right after the team was eliminated from the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup following a best-of-three quarterfinals loss to Alaska.
For a team so accustomed to winning, the result was disappointing as Tropang TNT failed to get past the quarterfinal round for a third straight conference.
“Obviously, it was a disappointing game tonight, as it was in the second game,” Pangilinan told a small group of sportswriters....
Tropang TNT coach Jong Uichico says team still living in Chot Reyes era: ‘They’re not there anymore’
The defeat – in a game where they trailed by as many as 25 points – left a bitter taste in the mouth for the team’s multi-titled head coach, Jong Uichico.
“We played well in the first game, we did well in the second game, but we didn’t play at all today,” Uichico told a small group of sportswriters after the game....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||7||0.500|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||10th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||10||7||0.588||4th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||4th|