Castro vows to play better in Game 4
By: Ernest Leo Hernandez
Asia’s best point guard seemed to have encountered a brick wall when the San Miguel Beermen contained him to just produce 6 points in the first three quarters of Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioners Cup.
With his blazing speed from coast to coast, Jayson Castro had to commend the Beermen for putting the pressure and anticipating every move that he did on the court.
“Sobrang every time na ako humahawak ng bola at gumagamit ng ball screen, naka-focus silang lahat sa akin,” said the Blur.
“Maganda yung depensa nila on our ball screen. We made a lot of turnovers, especially me. Noon game na iyon, masama ang decision-making ko. Yung mga ginagawa kong assists noon, ngayon ina-anticipate nila,” he added.
Chris Ross, Brian Heruela and Ronald Tubid took turns in guarding Castro in the game but more so, they know that the Blur will certainly back with a better strategy the next game.
“It is not just me, I know Ronald is also guarding him, Brian is giving him different looks – it is totally a team effort,” Ross said.
“He almost had 20 points today so I would not say I contained him but like what I said before the series, it is not just me vs Jayson. When we are playing a guy like that it is about team defense.” He added.
Ross also commends June Mar Fajardo and Charles Rhodes as they blocked the driving lanes for Casro to score easily inside.
“Charles and June Mar challenging them at the rim and we are running them off the line and trying to make him do things he doesn’t want to do.”
Casro finished with an unlikely double-double with 17 points and 10 turnovers in the game and vows to adjust to the Beermen’s strategy towards him come Game 4 this Wendesay, June 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Siguro sa part ko, kailangan ko mag-adjust and we need to take care of the ball. On defense, we need to adjust kasi we stopped June Mar pero yung tatlong guards nila, yun nga.”