By NIKOLE JAVIER
At 36, TNT veteran guard Jayson Castro was nothing short of a spectacular – a maestro doing an encore in front of a charmed audience that packed a carpeted hall.
With the coveted PBA PH Cup trophy on the line, Castro wowed TNT supporters with his vast repertoire of shots that oftentimes left his guards off guard in the deciding Game 7 of their title series Sunday.
As smoke cleared, Castro’s stats line was impressive – posting 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.
And he produced those numbers just four days after spraining his ankle – which he re-hurt at the height of SMB’s smoldering fourth quarter attack that all but broke TNT’s back.
Sadly, the Tropang Giga – without coach Chot Reyes due to health protocols and limping due to injuries to key players – fell short, absorbing a 119-97 defeat to the Beermen, who finally ended a three-year title drought.
But Castro emerged from their dugout with head high for giving his best to the very end.
Not only did his performance earn him praises all over social media, but some have been saying he still might be capable of being in the Gilas Pilipinas pool which he was a part of almost a decade ago.
The veteran guard had said he’s retired from national duty, wanting his place to be taken by the young guns.