TNT’s overpowering start has a lot to do with combo guard Jayson Castro’s stellar plays in the ongoing PBA Governors Cup.
The 5-foot-8 Castro, nicknamed the “Blur” has been a matchup nightmare for opposing teams in the season-ending conference.
The 30-year-old, two-time Best Point Guard in Asia had the last laugh in his scoring duel with the PBA’s fast-rising star Terrence Romeo, firing a personal season-high 37 points, while going six-of-11 from three-point zone as TNT outlasted GlobalPort, 122-120 on Aug. 31.
Castro also issued eight assists and hauled down four rebounds in an all-around effort against the Batang Pier.
Three days later, Castro dished off 13 assists, another personal-high this season, while pumping in 16 points to help TNT pulverize defending champion San Miguel Beer, 105-85 in their out-of-town collision in Batangas City on Saturday.
The back-to-back wins secured the Katropa a twice-to-beat incentive heading into the playoffs as they improved to a tournament-best 8-1 record.
Castro’s impressive showing also earned him his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week this conference, beating NLEX’s Garvo Lanete and Phoenix forward Willy Wilson for the citation for the period of Aug. 29 to Sept. 4.
Castro currently averages a team-best 21.78 points, 8.0 assists, 3.89 rebounds and 1.22 steals this conference.