TNT's Jayson Castro and Terrence Jones topped the individual awards in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Both players are instrumental in the KaTropa's ongoing hunt for the franchise's first title in four years.
Castro collected his fifth Best Player of the Conference award while Jones was named Best Import of the Conference before Game 4 of the finals between TNT and San Miguel Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Castro garnered 1077 points and bested eight-time BPC June Mar Fajardo (762), as well as rookie standouts Ray Parks of Blackwater (576), CJ Perez of Columbian (428), and Robert Bolick of NorthPort (421).
The KaTropa's veteran point guard, who last won the BPC honors in the 2016 Governor's Cup, averaged 14.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.0 asists, and 1.6 steals through the semifinals.
"Thank you to the media, players, and coaches who voted for me. I really appreciate it," said the 33-year-old Castro. "At my age, I still got this kind of award. At least you're able to see my hard work."
Jones, on the other hand, dominated the import race with 1254 points, edging Ginebra's Justin Brownlee (882), San Miguel's Chris McCullough (729), and Rain or Shine's Carl Montgomery (388).
The former NBA player averaged 30.2 ponts, 15.7 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.8 blocks before the championship round. He has posted five triple-double performances so far in his first-ever stint in the PBA.
With Castro and Jones at the forefront, TNT emerged as the top seed at the end of the elimination round with a 10-1 record. The KaTropa and the Beermen are now tied at 2-2 in the best-of-seven finals series.
"It's a blessing and I'm just happy that I was able to receive that award and that my teammate Jay Castro got to win an award as well," said Jones. "We've really worked hard as a team to put ourselves in the position to have the number one seed and just build chemistry and believe in one another from Day 1. So it was just a great opportunity to reach all the achievements, and we still got one more to go."