TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro plans to show what speed looks like at EASL’s ‘The Terrific 12’ in Macao

Jayson Castro
Jayson Castro

Jayson “The Blur” Castro, 33, of the Philippine Basketball Association team TNT KaTropa is one of the Filipino basketball players competing in “The Terrific 12.” Known for his speed, he plans to exhibit his claim to fame in the upcoming international basketball tournament of the East Asia Super League.

The EASL will hold “The Terrific 12” from September 17-22, 2019 at the Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macao, China. The best clubs and players from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines will go up against their international champion counterparts in the international basketball tournament that is recognized by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

“I’m going to show them what speed really looks like,” Castro declared. “They’ll never see me coming. We’re going to show these other teams how the PBA does things.”

Born on June 30, 1986 in Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines, Castro went to Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University in Pampanga, Philippines and the Philippine Christian University in Metro Manila, Philippines. He has been playing for TNT KaTropa since 2008.

While in college, Castro played for the Philippine Christian University Dolphins in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He also competed in the Philippine Basketball League as a member of the teams Hapee-PCU Teeth Protectors and Harbour Centre Batang Pier.

Prior to “The Terrific 12,” Castro has represented the Philippines in international tournaments several times. He participated in the Southeast Asian Games in 2007 and the FIBA Asia Championship in 2013 and 2015.

“The Terrific 12” is filled to the brim with All-Star and national team talent from the best teams across East Asia. The teams are championship contenders in their respective leagues.

Full five-day tournament packages are also available at MOP 400 (standard ticket). Tickets are available for purchase through the following three ways:

  1. Online purchasing via online ticketing platforms Macau TicketingDaMai TicketsQupiaowang and com.cn
  2. Retail outlets of Macau Ticketing
  3. On-site ticketing counter of Macau Ticketing at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion (available on September 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22, 2019)

Teams are leaving nothing to chance and have assembled their best rosters, including national team players and foreign imports. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the EASL:

Chot Reyes blames Daniel Kickert for Gilas-Boomers brawl at 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier

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Both the Australian Boomers and Gilas Pilipinas are expecting penalty from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). On July 2, 2018, a brawl between Australia and the Philippines’ respective national basketball teams transpired at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.

Speaking to the media after the incident, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes vehemently defended his team. He explained his players’ behavior and put the blame on Daniel Kickert of the Boomers.

“It’s up to FIBA in the end, but we have to face those consequences because it is what it is,” ESPN quoted Reyes as saying. “But one thing that they have to know about this team is that we’re not going to back down. This team remains solid, we have each other’s back and we have each other.”

According to Reyes, the feud started when Kickert started pushing some Gilas Pilipinas players during warm-ups. The coach enumerated Carl Bryan Cruz, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Calvin Abueva as the Australian baller’s victims.

The brawl at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier started when Pogoy committed a hard offensive foul on Chris Goulding of the Boomers. In response, Kickert decked the Gilas Pilipinas player from behind.

“The foul of Pogoy on Goulding was an offensive foul, and it was a basketball play,” Reyes explained. However, it was Kickert who came in and decked Pogoy for the fifth time, the Gilas Pilipinas coach pointed out.

Whatever Kicket’s motives is, there is no excuse for him doing what he did to the Gilas Pilipinas players during the warm-up, Reyes said. Still, the coach acknowledged that what transpired between the Philippine and Australian basketball national teams was wrong.

“Well, it’s unfortunate,” Reyes said. “We didn’t want it to happen. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

The 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier marked the sixth time Kickert played for the Boomers. He also played for the team when it won its first tile at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, Kickert went undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft. In the NBL, he played for Melbourne United for the 2014-2015 season and for the Brisbane Bullets for the next two seasons.

On April 27, 2018, Kickert signe with the Sydney Kings. He has a two-year deal with a team option for the second year.

In 2017, Kickert was featured in “In Their Own Words” on NBL TV. Here is a clip: