Castro leading the way for Gilas in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene And the 31-year-old Castro couldn’t reiterate more how important starting strong is for Gilas as they seek a top three finish in the group to proceed to the next round.“With the new format, it’s really difficult,” he said. “The two games were must-wins for us because we know here in Fiba, every game counts, and once you lose, there’s a chance that you’ll fall out of the top three. So going into this game, whatever happens, we just wanted to win. Even though we had a bad first half, we played better in the second half.”The Philippines may have remained unbeaten through the first window, but Castro said that the first set of games were an eye-opener for the squad as Gilas aims for a better performance come the second window in February, where a date against Australia awaits.“Our first game (against Japan) was okay, but in this game (against Chinese Taipei), we played terrible on both defense and offense. We can’t execute our plays when the opponent is zoning. So in the next window, we have to improve our ball movement and calm ourselves because we’re too overeager,” he said.“It’s just a good thing that with this format, we have a lot of time to prepare, correct our mistakes, and improve for the next games. That’s something we need to do if we want to go back to the Fiba World Cup and the Olympics.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coming off a sensational showing against Japan, Castro once again dazzled in front of the home crowd, anchoring the offense for the Philippine side before taking matters to his own hands late to seal the 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei.But what drives Castro to perform at his best is his unwavering desire win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“In my mind, I really just wanted to win,” he said in Filipino after torching the visiting Chinese Taipei with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists on Monday.That passion was certainly evident as Castro led the Philippines to a 2-0 start joining reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia atop Group B standings. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERGilas Pilipinas goes where Jayson Castro takes them.Showing why he’s been hailed as the best point guard in Asia twice, the speedy playmaker from Bacolor, Pampanga has undoubtedly been the stabilizing force for the national team in the first window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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