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.
“I really missed playing basketball and I think my game showed how excited I was,” he said....
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....
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....
The PBA has just ushered in its 42nd season but that didn’t prevent the league from collecting P38,000 in fines from eight players and one coach for their different infractions during the first week of the Oppo Philippine Cup.
NLEX big man Enrico Villanueva got the heftiest fine of P15,000 for a flagrant foul penalty one on rookie Carl Bryan Cruz and his “sarcastic and disrespectful on-court behaviour” during their game versus Alaska last week.
His teammate Eman Monfort was also slapped with a P10,000 penalty for “committing an injurious contact” again on Cruz....
“I was surprised because we have so many veterans in our team, yet I’m still shocked that I was fielded during the crucial moments of the game,” Pogoy said.
But Pogoy wasn’t deployed for his offense, but rather, he was placed to shadow Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio, who already had 27 points, during those tense final minutes....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||2||1||0.667|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||12||4||0.750||3rd|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||7||0.500||6th|
|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|