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Long wait for 7th PBA title all worth it for Jayson Castro

Delfin Dioquino
Long wait for 7th PBA title all worth it for Jayson Castro

STILL GOT IT. Jayson Castro wins his fifth all-Filipino championship at age 35.

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After settling for runner-up finishes in their last three finals appearances, Jayson Castro and TNT finally get over the hump as they rule the PBA Philippine Cup

The last time TNT Tropang Giga star Jayson Castro won a PBA championship, he still did not have a child.

Now, Castro is a father of three.

That was how long Castro waited as he and TNT ended their six-year title drought after thwarting Magnolia in five games to capture the Philippine Cup crown on Friday, October 29.

“It was all worth it,” Castro said in Filipino, with the Tropang Giga finally getting over the hump after settling for runner-up finishes in their last three finals appearances.

“I hope we can win another one after this championship.”

The 13-year veteran served as a steadying presence in the best-of-seven series as he thrived on an off-the-bench role.

Except for a one-point performance in Game 1, Castro delivered in the last four matches, averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds.

In their series-clinching Game 5 victory, Castro chalked up 10 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals as he claimed his seventh PBA title overall and fifth in the all-Filipino conference.

But what makes the championship sweeter for Castro is he achieved the feat at the site of his alma mater: the Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Castro studied high school at DHVSU before moving to Manila to continue his basketball career.

“I never imagined that I will win this championship here. This is really special for me,” said the 35-year-old. “This is probably one of the championships that I will never forget.”

“This is for the people of DHVSU and for the students who dream.” – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.