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    Brandon Rosser draws J-Wash comparison after smashing Alab debut

    Dec 10, 2018
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    BRANDON Rosser was quick to introduce himself to fans of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.

    The younger brother of PBA player Matt Ganuelas Rosser soared for a thunderous putback dunk off a Renaldo Balkman miss to end the first quarter in the hosts' 94-67 win over CLS Knights Indonesia on Sunday.

    Talk about a nice first impression.

    "My phone is already blowing up, people tagged me and stuff," the 6-foot-7 Fil-American forward said. "Fortunately the ball bounced my way and I was able to make a play."

    "I was just doing my job. Just touch the glass, when Balkman drives everybody has their eyes on him so I just wanted to go in to clean up the glass and it just bounced perfectly off," he added.

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    "I think that was the first tip dunk I've ever had in a game and I think my first buzzer-beater as well so getting it both for the first time is pretty cool."

    Rosser wasn't all flash though, as he later cooly sank a long jumper while putting on a great defensive stance on the imports of the Knights the whole game.

    That mix of athleticism and versatility had Alab coach Jimmy Alapag looking back at one of his old teammates during his legendary run with Talk 'N Text in the PBA.

    "Brandon just gives us so much more versatility. He’s a guy who’s 6-7 but he can shoot it, he can put it on the floor," said Alapag.

    "He reminds me a lot of a Jay Washington somebody who gets to the rim somebody and who can knock down perimeter shot," he added.

    The 25-year-old Rosser said that he's heard that comparison before, especially from his older brother who also got to play with Washington at TNT.

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    " I've heard that comparison before. My brother actually played with J-Wash, too, so I've seen his game," said Rosser.

    "Coach Jimmy, he's always looking out you know, anything he says, I listen. If he can say that, I'll just keep on building on this game and I'll be game," he added.

    Rosser is just one of the many new boys in the Alab roster who Alapag is excited about, the type of players who will work hard on both ends of the floor.

    Rosser is turning out to be a fine two-way player.

    "He's a tough kid. If you guys watched earlier there were a couple of times he got switched on to Stephen Hurt and he was holding his own. Again, another great kid. Another one who I'm excited for," said Alapag.

    "A lot of our young guys just starting their pro career, it’s an exciting time for them. As hard as they work, I wanna make sure they enjoy this too because it’s always a great opportunity to play for a team when you represent the country."

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