Slim Chance of Victory in Game 7: Jayson Castro's Perspective

According to him, one of the pinnacles of Jayson Castro’s long career was TNT’s recent victory in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup. Castro thinks the Tropang Giga had little chance of success even after they defeated Barangay Ginebra, even though the Gin Kings forced a decisive seventh game.

Castro said, “Our thinking was [Game 6] was already do-or-die for us,” in Filipino. We believed that Ginebra’s victory would give them the momentum necessary to defeat us in Game 7, making it quite likely that we would lose. Then many new players have never played in a Game 7 as well. Thus, I advised them against thinking that we could afford to drop one game simply because we were leading the series.

Everyone contributed last Friday as TNT won 97-93, becoming just the second non-San Miguel Corp. club to triumph in the previous 16 conferences. Although Mikey Williams’ long-range three-pointer gave the Tropang Giga the game’s winning margin, Castro also played a significant role in Ginebra’s fourth-quarter comeback by retaliating against some of the Gin Kings’ baskets.

Jayson Castro Feels a Game 7

TNT, beaten by San Miguel Beer earlier in the season and had missed two opportunities to win the Philippine Cup, turned things around and won the series 4-2. According to Castro, their earlier-season defeat to San Miguel Beer incentivized them, and every time they think back on that series, they regret not taking advantage of their chance to win it all.

Due to the nation hosting the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) World Cup, the PBA is beginning a lengthy vacation, and TNT will have bragging rights for the upcoming several months. Despite Kelly Williams’ injury and the losses of Justin Chua and RR Pogoy at different points in the Finals, the Tropang Giga almost cruised to the championship, anchored by import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson since the midway end of the eliminations.

We deserve to win because we fought hard for it, Castro said. The difficulties we faced throughout training camp, and the injuries were many. But we persisted in combat.