MANILA, Philippines – TNT's star guard Jayson Castro owned up to poor decision-making after he committed a whopping 10 turnovers in the KaTropa's 97-109 loss to San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals on Sunday.
Castro averaged 14 points, 7 assists, and 3.5 turnovers per game in the first two games of the series, which the two teams split.
In the all-important Game 3, however, "The Blur" found himself shackled by the SMB defense. He repeatedly ran into double-teams after coming off screens, and his passes were often picked off by the San Miguel guards.
Even the little-used Brian Heruela was effective against Castro, funneling the TNT guard into SMB's big men inside the paint. Heruela even registered a highlight-reel block of Castro to end the first half.
"Maganda 'yung depensa nila on our ball screen, and at the same time, 'yun nga, we made a lot of turnovers, especially me," said Castro, who scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth period, but for the most part was ineffective.
"Siguro 'yung game na 'yun, sobrang sama ng mga decision-making ko," he admitted. "Every time na ako 'yung may hawak ng bola or ako 'yung gumagamit ng ball screen, naka-focus silang lahat sa akin"
"'Yung mga nagagawa kong assist before, ngayon na-anticipate nila."
[They defended our ball screens very well. We committed a lot of turnovers, especially me. I made some bad decisions in this game. Every time I touched the ball or used a ball screen, they were really focused on me. They were anticipating my passes tonight.]
Castro acknowledged that it was not just a bad game for him as San Miguel's aggressive defense forced him into committing errors.
TNT, as a team, committed 23 turnovers that led to 26 turnover points for the Beermen, and coach Nash Racela said it is something that they need to address ahead of Game 4.
For Castro, adjustments are clearly in order.
"Sa part ko, kailangan ko mag-adjust," he said. "And then on defense, siguro we need to adjust. Kailangan namin mag-adjust, kasi we stopped June Mar (Fajardo), pero 'yung tatlong guards nila (ang gumawa)."
"Kailangan namin basahin 'yung depensang binibigay nila," he also said.
[On my part, I need to adjust. We also need to adjust defensively. We were able to stop June Mar tonight, but then their three guards did the damage.]
Though TNT has now suffered back-to-back losses in the best-of-seven series, Castro sees no reason for the KaTropa to feel down.
"It's a long series naman," he pointed out. "May time kami para makapag-prepare, at the same time, makapag-adjust. Sa Wednesday, sana makuha namin, para maging tie ang series."
[It's a long series. We still have time to prepare and adjust. I hope we can tie the series on Wednesday.]
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