Composure is key to TNT’s Game 2 win, says Jayson Castro
MANILA, Philippines – Down 85-87, the San Miguel Beermen secured a defensive rebound on the other end, gaining the last possession with 6 secs left on the clock.
With momentum on their side after a comeback sparked by June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot, the defending champs looked in good shape to tie the game, perhaps even hit a winning triple.
But the TNT KaTropa held on, as their defensive stop in the final seconds was enough to escape SMB and tie the series at one game apiece.
“May mga scheme lang kami na ginawa para maiba lang, para maging scrappy [‘yung play ng kalaban],” said Jayson Castro when asked about the last play.
(We came up with different defensive schemes so that the opponent’s play would get scrappy.)
Castro, who anchored TNT with a double-double performance of 10 points and 11 assists, credited the whole team’s composure in securing the game 2 victory.
“Kailangan lang namin ng composure. Siguro ‘yun ‘yung magandang ginawa namin, given na nakalamang sila. Naka-rally naman kami.”
(All we needed was composure. I think that was one of the good things we did, given that they also took the lead. We were able to rally.)
Aside from staying focused during momentum shifts, the veteran point guard added that another key to KaTropa’s win was getting a head start in the first half and not letting San Miguel run away with a big lead.
“Kasi alam natin ‘yung San Miguel, hindi mo siya kayang iwan talaga na tatambakan,” shared Castro.
“’Yun ‘yung sinasabi ko sa amin na we need to keep our composure for 48 minutes kasi once na nagkamali tayo or nawala tayo sa game, that’s the time na malalamangan tayo eh.”
(You can’t let San Miguel run away with a big lead. That’s what I told the guys, we need to keep our composure for 48 minutes because once we lose our focus, that’s the time they’ll get the lead.)
The KaTropa, who shot 40% from the field last night, are now gunning for a 2-1 lead in Game 3 on Sunday at the Big Dome.
While snapping the Beermen’s 11-game win streak could provide more fuel to the fire, Castro says his team will take it one step at a time.
“Same lang naman [‘yung mindset namin], basta focused lang dapat sa game. Composure and focus.”
(We always bear the same mindset, we just need to stay focused during the game. Composure and focus.) – Rappler.com