Jayson Castro conceded that Game Three of the TNT Katropa and Meralco Bolts’ semifinals series on Saturday just wasn’t for the KaTropa.
“Siguro para sa kanila talaga kasi ang ganda ng game nila, especially yung outside shots,” he said after Meralco’s 119-113 victory over TNT.
“Yun naman yung sinasabi ko, na talunin nila kami sa outside wag lang sa paint. Yun nga yung nangyari. Para sa kanila talaga yun, deserve nila.”
Though the KaTropa still dominated the paint, outscoring the Bolts 50-32, the long ball just went the way of the orange side, as Meralco had a blazing 17-of-28 clip from threes.
The Best Player of the Conference frontrunner did his share, leading the cavalry with 28 points and 10 assists, but he missed his shots in the clutch as a confident Bolts crew took a 2-1 series lead.
Having lost back-to-back matches for the first time this conference, Castro still isn’t fretting on TNT’s chances to book a return trip to the Finals, especially going to a must-win game on Monday.
“Sa semifinals naman, wala na dehado o llamado kasi every other day may game. May mga adjustments kaming ginagawa sa game so pantay lang naman,” he added.
Castro also believes that TNT can recover from this string of losses come Game 4, as he sees the KaTropa containing Meralco’s shooters next time around.
“Tingnan natin kung papasok pa rin yung mga outside shots nila next game,” he said.
“Race-to-three naman ito, di ba? So paunahan pa rin maka-tatlong panalo.”