TNT KaTropa came through with a much needed win against the debuting newly crowned 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup champion Magnolia Hotshots but had to endure criticisms from league fans regarding a missed travelling call during the closing seconds of regulation period.
With 10.3 seconds left in the payoff quarter and the Hotshots up by 2, 72-70, the KaTropa had possession and Jayson Castro received the inbound pass from Roger Pogoy for the crucial play. The cat-quick Gilas Pilipinas point guard surveyed the defense before faking a three-point shot and then passing it off to a waiting Troy Rosario who immediately sank the game-tying bucket.
The game went into overtime with TNT eventually claiming the victory courtesy Pogoy who scored 5 straight points which proved to be too much to overcome for the Hotshots.
Castro finished the game with 24 points while Pogoy led TNT with 26.
The win, however, came under fire as Castro seemingly traveled before coming up with the assist to Rosario. The 32-year old native of Bacolor Pampanga appeared to have committed 2 extra steps which was unnoticed by the game officials.
“Hindi ko na job yun eh. Job na ng referee yun,” said Castro when asked to share his thoughts on the fans’ reaction on the supposedly missed travelling call.
“Sobrang malaking panalo na naman para samin yun. At least before kami mag-break, pampa-dagdag ng confidence namin,” added Castro.