Jayson Castro looks forward to facing ‘mentor’ Alapag in TNT-Meralco semis series

ANTIPOLO–Ever since he stepped up in the PBA, TNT superstar guard Jayson Castro is widely known for his quick reflex as he slashes his way to the basket to earn the nickname “The Blur”.

But on Saturday, Castro showcased a different definition of speed –this time in terms of scoring.

The two-time Best Point Guard in Asia poured an eye-popping 40 of his season-high 42 points in the first three quarters as TNT steamrolled past Phoenix, 136-124 to advance to the PBA Governors Cup semifinals on Saturday.

The many-time Gilas guard’s 40 was the fastest since PBA legendary gunner Allan Caidic erupted for 63 of his record 79 points in three quarters in 1991.

Offensively on a tear as in his past games, the cat-quick guard took matter in his own hands right from the get go, peppering the Fuel Masters with 14.

He maintained his torrid offensive in the next two quarters after scoring 15 and 11, respectively.

But Castro, who played for just 27 minutes, shrugged off the feat, saying he is just fueled to lead his team to the semifinals after failed attempts the past three conferences.

“Siguro na-su-shoot lang,” he said, after coming two points short of his career-high 44 he set in Game 2 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals last season.

“Wala naman, gusto ko lang maging aggressive para makita ng teammate ko kasi opportunity na sa amin ‘to para makabalik kami ng semis,” he added.

Asked if he is just warming up in scoring for the impending showdown with sister team Meralco, the Pampanga native also downplayed the idea.

“Lahat naman ng game trini-treat na talagang game,” he shared. “Maganda lang talaga yung (chemistry) ng team namin this conference, sana magtuloy tuloy hanggang finals.”

Instead, Castro said he is pumped up to face former teammate and mentor Jimmy Alapag.

“Sobrang excited ako, isa siya sa mga (nag-push) sa akin bakit ganito yung nilalaro ko tsaka yung mga advise niya sa akin,” he closed, adding he is relieved that one MVP team will move forward to the Finals. – Jason Mercene

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