Birthday Wish: Jayson Castro relishes daunting challenge as he turns 30

Already home for the Olympic qualifier, explosive Gilas guard Jayson Castro gleamed with positive thoughts as he celebrated his 30th birthday with a night training session with his teammates in the Mall of Asia Arena.

Though shying away to reveal his birthday wish, Castro shares he intends to be part of a national team that will defy the odds in beating world power teams.

“Yun yung big challenge sa atin na kailangang patunayan na kaya natin silang talunin,” he said.

On how they will pull that off, the 2-time best point guard in Asia feels they just have to stick to their battle plan down to the last minute.

“As long as (yung mga) sa practice, yung mga game plans, magawa namin, malaki chance natin talaga,” said Castro.

With their elimination games against France and New Zealand nearing, the cat-quick playmaker shrugged off any bold predictions that are counting Gilas out as a potential threat.

“Kami naman nakakaalam, kami yung nag-training, alam namin sa sarili namin na may chance tayo. Kung ano naman sinasabi nila, di naman natin pinakikinggan yun,” said Castro, referring to a comment of Turkey head coach Ergin Ataman on Gilas’ fortune against France.

Ataman said in a TV interview upon their arrival the other night that “it’s impossible for Gilas to beat France while they will fight for a good result against New Zealand.”

Castro hopes they can get something going when they take on Turkey for their last tune-up match before the OQT especially with an expected big crowd to make them feel they’re home.

“Doon namin masasabi kung ready na ready na kami kasi marami pa kami ie-execute at ia-adjust sa game namin tomorrow (Friday) so after nun siguro more on polishing na lang,” he said. – By Jason Mercene 

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