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PBA: No problem with limited exposure

TNT KaTropa star Jayson Castro doesn’t see any problem with coach Nash Racela’s decision to limit the minutes of his veteran players in lieu of the team’s young guns as they look to find the winning formula in their drive towards making the quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Young guns carry fight for KaTropa as TNT stops Mahindra

With TNT looking more vulnerable than ever, the KaTropa's top picks from the last two PBA Drafts took matters into their own hands to at least right the ship momentarily. The flagship MVP franchise arrested a two-game slide Wednesday as the KaTropa stopped Mahindra, 104-92, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. TNT picked things up in the second half, outscoring the Floodbuster by 18 points to move out of a five-team logjam for 5th-9th places and join Blackwater for fourth with a 5-4 record. Troy Rosario led the KaTropa in scoring with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds while RR Pogoy had a career-high 16 points on top of four assists and four steals. Mo Tautuaa added 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block for TNT. 'I see my players finding ways to play together and deliver a positive outing for us. I know it's a porcess but I'm hoping that it takes us to the right direction,' head coach Nash Racela said. 'The earlier they accept that reality, it'll be better for our team overall,' he added. After putting up an early 10-point lead, TNT actually fell behind in the first half as the Floodbuster immediately turned the game around in the second quarter, carrying a 57-51 cushion at the break. However, Rosario, Pogoy, and Tautuaa waxed hot in the third, nearly matching Mahindra's entire output as the KaTropa regained control. Behind their young guns, TNT veterans Larry Fonacier (11 points), Kris Rosales (11 points), and Jayson Castro (10 points) also finished in double figures. Alex Mallari led the way for the Floodbuster with 19 as Mahindra dropped to 2-6 after a two-game run came to an end.   The scores: TNT 104 - Rosario 18, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 14, Rosales 11, Fonacier 11, Castro 10, Reyes 7, Rosser 7, De Ocampo 7, Golla 2, Carey 1, Williams 0.  MAHINDRA 92 - Mallari 19, Paniamogan 10, Yee 10, Revilla 8, Deutchman 7, Celda 7, Escoto 6, Salva 6, Arana 6, Galanza 5, Ballesteros 3, Elorde 3, Eriobu 2, Digregorio 0,  Quarterscores: 29-25, 51-57, 82-78, 104-92   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Hold the panic button, TNT remains confident despite slump

At the end of 2016, TNT was primed to make a run at the top-2 spots in the Philippine Cup. But after two weeks of play in 2017, the KaTropa suddenly find themselves in a crowded pack where one is surely to be eliminated in about a month. Stuck at 4-4, TNT is tied with four other teams for the 5th-9th spots after a loss on Sunday. A win would have put them tied for second with three games to go. 'Lahat ng teams nasa gitna. Lahat may chance na maka-abot sa twice-to-beat, sayang yung opportunity,' rued TNT star guard Jayson Castro after dropping a 77-88 decision to the Hotshots, their second straight for the new year. Despite the unusual situation they are in right now, no panic buttons have been pressed on the part of TNT. With eight teams separated by only one game in ythe standings, things can certainly chance with three games to go in each of their respective schedules. 'Hindi naman [alarming]. From day one, I've been telling them that there has to be changes. I've been calling out their attention, their names, yung mga dapat nilang baguhin. Change doesn't happen overnight. It's not just letting you know of your mistake and the next day, iba na agad,' head coach Nash Racela said. 'Mindset is to still get as much wins because your position after the eliminations, you don't have control over. Sa amin lang, subukan natin ipanalo every game and kung saan tayo malagay, you just have to prepare for the next battle,' he added. Instead of being worried, Castro shares his head coach's sentiment and remains confident of their chances moving forward. 'Confident pa rin kami kasi alam naman namin na ginagawa namin yung mga kailangan namin gawin,' the Blur said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Star defense provides best game yet

Since Chito Victolero took control of Star, all he's been preaching about is defense. Sure, the Hotshots haven't gone on to the best start under his reign, going 4-4 in eight games so far, but his crew did put up their best defensive effort Sunday, proof that they may be closer to their goal than their record suggests. Facing a TNT squad coming with with a league-best 100.7 points per game, Star shackled the KaTropa to a season-low 77 points on only 40 percent shooting, effectively taking out the flagship MVP franchise's greatest strength. Of course, the Hotshots won. 'Sabi nga ni coach, our defense against their offense so kailangan talaga i-maintain yung depensa namin. Hindi opensa yung magpapanalo sa amin,' forward Ian Sangalang said who led Star with 14 points in an 88-77 win. 'Yun game plan namin, hindi lalagpas ng 90 yung score nila. Much better na 77 lang yun naging score nila,' he added. After allowing Japeth Aguilar, Vic Manuel, and Calvin Abueva go wild on offense in their previous two defeats, Star has definitely learned its lesson of keeping the opponent's main man under control. They did just that on TNT's Jayson Castro, making it easier to pull off the victory against the KaTropa. 'I'm very proud of our guys, they stepped up on defense especially on Castro. We learned a lot from our previous games, I told them yun ang magagamit natin sa mga darating na important games,' Victolero said. The Hotshot's final three games sure are important as Star is currently in a five-team logjam for the 5th-9th places. One will be elimated by the time regular season wraps up. 'Right now, wala pang nakakasigurado, siguro SMB pa lang. Sabi ko sa kanila, one game at a time lang,' Victolero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Balanced Star effort frustrates TNT

In what was basically an offensive struggle, Star banked on a total team effort to turn back TNT and regained its footing in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With both teams shooting no higher than 41 percent from the field, the Hotshots scrapped their way to an 88-77 decision Sunday at the Big Dome. Snapping a two-game slide, the win enabled Star to tie TNT in the standings with identical 4-4 cards, creating a five-team logjam in the 5th-9th spots. Finding it hard to put the ball through the hoop, the Hotshots' 36-point second quarter was enough of a cushion to hold off TNT. Despite losing a 19-point lead, Star was never really threatened by the KaTropa in the second half. Ian Sangalang led the Hotshots with 14 points and six rebounds while Allein Maliksi and Aldrech Ramos scored 13 apiece for Star. Paul Lee added 10 while playing off the bench. Still struggling in the new year, TNT's lone bright spot was Ranidel De Ocampo who came away with 21 points. Jayson Castro, who started his first game of the season, dropped 16 but was only 4-of-15 from the field. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

NLEX comes "home" to ambush KaTropa

The answer to NLEX's struggles, at least to the team's horrible five-game losing skid, was found at 'home.' Travelling to the home province of head coach Yeng Guiao, the Road Warriors rode a solid second half to pummel sister team TNT, 110-98, Saturday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Gym in Angeles, Pampanga. In trouble after the KaTropa erased a 12-point deficit to take a 94-93 lead with 6:13 to go, NLEX went on a 17-4 tear the rest of the way to win only its second game of the new season. The Road Warriors lost their previous five games by double digits before taking care of TNT, improving to 2-5 and leaving idle Mahindra at the bottom of the team standings. After fighting to a stalemate in the first half, NLEX came out firing in the third quarter, leading by as much as 12, 74-62, after an Eric Camson basket. However, in typical TNT fashion, the KaTropa would respond and even take the lead back before the period ended courtesy of a Larry Fonacier trey, 80-78. Carlo Lastimosa showed his scoring prowess by dropping a game-high 22 points for the Road Warriors on 72 percent shooting. Sean Anthony added a double-double and ended up with 13 points and 13 rebounds. TNT lost a golden opportunity to move into solo second with the loss and is now tied with idle Phoenix and Globalport for third place with identical 4-3 cards. Jayson Castro, who is also from Pampanga, once again came off the bench to lead the KaTropa with 17 points. TNT actually got 72 points from its reserves with Mo Tautuaa and Kris Rosales adding 15 points apiece. No TNT starter scored in double figures.   br /> The scores:  NLEX 110 - Lastimosa 22, Anthony 13, Alas 12, Camson 12, Guinto 11, J. Villanueva 7, E. Villanueva 7, Rios 6, Baracael 5, Lanete 4, Taulava 3, Monfort 3, Khobuntin 3, Gotladera 2. TNT 98 - Castro 17, Tautuaa 15, Rosales 15, Fonacier 9, Reyes 7, Rosario 7, De Ocampo 7, Williams 6, Rosser 6, Carey 5, Seigle 4, Golla 0, Pogoy 0, Tamsi 0. Quarters: 24-26, 52-52, 85-81, 110-98 br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

The Blur will take a chill pill for Christmas

After taking a trip to Dubai during his extended break from basketball following the Governors' Cup, Jayson Castro is staying home for the holidays. With TNT already done in 2016 after taking care of Alaska Friday, the Blur is taking it easy f.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2016

No complaints for Jayson Castro despite zero starts

It has to be weird seeing the reigning two-time best point guard in Asia come off the bench for his local team right? Wrong. Playing a reserve role for TNT in all of his four games this season, Jayson Castro has no complaints at all .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

Lifetime offer for Castro ends China bid

MANILA, Philippines - TNT KaTropa star Jayson Castro has been offered to work with the MVP Group beyond his PBA days, quashing talk that he may be lured to p.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

The Blur impressed by Easy Ed's career outing

Matched point-for-point, Jayson Castro couldn't help but be impressed by rookie Ed Daquioag. After the Blur's TNT Ka Tropa got whipped by Daquioag's Meralco Bolts, Castro had nothing but good words for the former UST Growling Tiger. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2016

Castro back in form, powers TnT

MANILA, Philippines - Jayson Castro summoned his old lethal form in his return from a long layoff while Moala Tautuaa finally churned out a productive perfor.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2016

Recharged Castro on TNT return: Na-miss ko basketball

If you only look at Jayson Castro's overall numbers of 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists, it's hard to imagine that the Blur actually struggled in his season debut for TNT. Coming back after asking for an extended break, Castro only s.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2016

The Blur returns as TNT ends Blackwater's streak

TNT welcomed back Jayson Castro with a victory as the flagship MVP franchise took the honor of handing Blackwater its first defeat in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup. The KaTropa followed up their big win over Ginebra last week by taking a 99.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2016

De Ocampo anchors late TNT run to stun Ginebra

Still without Jayson Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo held the door long enough to allow TNT to steal a win at the expense of Ginebra. The KaTropa came back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to stun the reigning Governors' Cup champions, 108-103.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2016

No Blur is no excuse for TNT's lousy Philippine Cup start

Playing without Jayson Castro, TNT had quite a rough outing to start the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup. Without their ace, the KaTropa were squashed by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a mostly one-sided contest, 87-101. Coach Jos.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2016

Elasto Painters start new PBA era with big win over TNT

Rain or Shine's new era is off to a great start after scoring a huge opening win in the 2016-2017 Philippine Cup even without new star James Yap. The Elasto Painters took advantage of a Jayson Castro-less TNT KaTropa for a convincing 101-87 vi.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2016

Castro stays in the PBA after signing max deal with TNT

Jayson Castro is most definitely not taking his talents to China. The Blur is staying in the PBA after signing a thre-year maximum deal with Talk 'N Text worth P15.2 million as reported by Fox Sports' Jason Mercene. Castro, a two-tim.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2016

PBA: Castro, Romeo picked

Superstars Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, along with season Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome, get a share of the limelight during the 2016 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night on Saturday at the Gloria Maris restaurant inside the Gateway Mall......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 18th, 2016

Castro, Romeo, Newsome head honorees

MANILA, Philippines – Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, along with season Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome, share the spotlight when the 2016 PBA Press Corps.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2016

Best Player of the Conference Jayson Castro ng Talk N Text Katropa

ITINANGHAL na Best Player of the Conference si Jayson Castro ng Talk N Text Katropa na iginawad sa second game ng PBA Governors’ Cup Finals sa Big Dome. ( HENRY T. VARGAS ).....»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsOct 11th, 2016