There are those who believe that it’s time Jimmy Alapag passed the torch to Jayson Castro.
With Alapag registering decreased numbers across all categories this conference, it seemed that the Mighty Mouse was already turning over the reigns to Castro who has been leading the Texters in scoring throughout the playoff stages and generally looking dominant on the court.
Facing a Rain or Shine team with their backs against the wall last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Colosseum, Jimmy Alapag once again showed everyone why he is considered one of the PBA’s biggest players.
Time and time again, we’ve seen Alapag shoot down opposing teams or shoot his team back in the game with killer and often clutch three pointers from what Coach Chot Reyes fondly calls, “Jimmy Range”. With Rain or Shine threatening to notch their first win in the series, leading by 4 points with around 8 minutes left in the 4th, Jimmy played the two-man game with Kelly Williams and drew JR Quinahan on the switch. Shot up, Bucket.
That was just the beginning for TNT’s fiery and emotional leader, who again found himself wide open for a three that broke a 76-all deadlock with only 3 minutes left in the final frame. In the ensuing possession, a turnover by Paul Lee immediately led to a 2-on-1 fastbreak situation for the Texters, with Castro speeding the ball downcourt and Jimmy firmly planting himself at the corner, ready to put the game on ice like he’s done countless times before.
It seemed like destiny then, that Jayson Castro would be the one to pass to Jimmy Alapag for the most important shot in the series. Just like that, the ball went from the apprentice to the master for a back breaking corner three, giving TNT a 82-76 lead with 3 minutes left in the game.
Big time players make big time shots.. and that’s what Jimmy Alapag is.
Talk N Text can complete the finals sweep this Wednesday, 6:45pm at the Big Dome.