February 13, 2018

Jayson Castro goes on panic mode, urges KaTropa to get their act together

A player as clutch as Jayson Castro seldom goes on panic mode, but can't blame him for sounding like one at the rate things are going for TnT Katropa in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The veteran point guard hopes the team will finally play with consistency starting with its game against Globalport on Wednesday to stay in the thick of the fight for a playoffs berth.

The Katropa currently occupy the eight spot with a 4-5 record, no thanks to back-to-back losses against Phoenix and Barangay Ginebra, the last of which came in the form of a 93-78 beating at the hands of the Kings.

And just closely behind them in the standings are Globalport (3-4), Blackwater (3-5), and Meralco (2-6), all of which are very much in the running for a playoffs spot.

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No wonder, Castro was quick to stress the team needs to start getting its act together.

"We have to find ways para makabalik sa winning column kasi two straight losses parang napakabigat na sa amin especially dikit-dikit yung standings," said the 31-year-old guard.

"Kung paano yun hindi namin alam," Castro added. "Kaya yung Wednesday game namin talagang do-or-die sa amin yun. Hindi na kami puwedeng matalo."
TnT will have NLEX for its final assignment on Feb. 28.

The Katropa put themselves in a precarious situation by not playing consistent ball, according to Castro.

"Yung consistency, wala kaming ganun e," he pointed out. "Maganda, and then pangit. Maganda, pangit," said the TnT playmaker. "Tsaka at the same time yung effort na within one game andun talaga, kasi bigla na lang mawawala.'
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Part of that inconsistency is failing to sustain their game for the entire 48 minutes as what happened to them in the losses against the Fuel Masters and the Kings.

"Siguro pakita namin yung effort na hanggang matapos yung game andun kami," said Castro. "Kasi laging pagdating ng fourth quarter, last five or three minutes doon kami nawawala."

Hopefully that would not be the case in TnT's quarterfinals bid. (RG)