PBA: TNT's Castro, Parks doubtful for Game 5

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2020 11:24 AM | Updated as of Dec 09 2020 01:12 PM

PBA: TNT's Castro, Parks doubtful for Game 5 1
TNT's Ray Parks and Jayson Castro. PBA Media Bureau.

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) TNT Tropang Giga may have to play an elimination game without two key players.

According to team manager Gabby Cui, both Ray Parks Jr. and Jayson Castro are "doubtful" for Game 5 of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, set for Wednesday night at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles City, Pampanga.

The Tropang Giga have their backs against the wall as they are down 3-1 to Barangay Ginebra in the best-of-seven series. 

Parks has not played since Game 2 after sustaining a left calf strain in TNT's overtime loss in Game 1. Castro, for his part, exited in the third quarter of Game 4 last Sunday when he aggravated a knee injury.

The veteran point guard is dealing with bone spurs that cause pain in his knee whenever he lands with impact.

A source informed ABS-CBN News that neither player practiced on Tuesday.

Parks was TNT's leading scorer in the elimination rounds at 20.1 points, along with 8.2 rebounds per game. He had 20 points in Game 1 for the Tropang Giga.

Castro, hobbled by his knee injury, is averaging 10.5 points, 5.75 assists, and 2.75 boards in the finals.

TNT coach Bong Ravena is optimistic that their reserves will be up to the task as they try to extend the championship series against the Gin Kings.

"Next man up," Ravena said, as quoted by the PBA website. "Hangga't maari, lahat ng makikita namin, puwedeng maka-contribute."

Much will be expected from Roger Pogoy, who is averaging 27.25 points in the finals and helped the Tropang Giga recover from an 18-point deficit in Game 4. Like his coach, he is confident that he will get help from his teammates.

"May mga ibang teammate naman kami. Kung may injured sa amin, another guy ang mag-step up," said Pogoy.

Game time is at 6 p.m.

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