Historic NU title conquest opens doors for fast-rising forward Troy Rosario
Troy Rosario is thankful that blessings continue to come his way since helping the NU Bulldogs end a 60-year title drought in the UAAP. Ron Tolin

TROY Rosario can't believe the good fortune that has come his way since helping National University win its first UAAP championship in 60 years.

Four months since the historic championship with the Bulldogs, the power forward became a champion once again following Hapee’s successful title run in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup last week capped by a two-game sweep of Cagayan Valley in the best-of-three finals.

Rosario considered himself lucky to be part of the star-studded Fresh Fighters team, something which he said would not have happened had the Bulldogs not won the UAAP title.

“Hindi ko in-expect na mapupunta ako sa team na ‘to,” said Rosario. “Siguro kung hindi ako nag-champion sa NU, hindi rin ako mapupunta dito.”

"Blessed ako na ‘yung blessings na natatanggap ko, tuluy-tuloy,” the Cagayan native added.

Rosario averaged 18 points in the Fresh Fighters’ title conquest over the Rising Suns, capping his tournament-long inspired play by scoring 20 in Hapee’s 93-91 overtime victory in the deciding Game Two.

“Determinado lang ako maglaro. Sabi lang ni coach (Ronnie Magsanoc) sa akin, gawin ko lang ‘yung role ko. Gawin, at huwag isipin ‘yung score ko,” Rosario said.

The Hapee big man, however, had to sit out the final three minutes of regulation after being slapped with a flagrant foul one at the 3:24-mark of the final quarter.

The game eventually went to overtime in which Scottie Thompson took over for the Fresh Fighter by making a crucial steal in the dying seconds to lift the Fresh Fighters to the victory.

Despite his absence in the critical moments of the game, Rosario said he had complete faith in fellow big man Ola Adeogun, who took over and finished with 19 points.

“Medyo frustrated na masaya dahil kaya naman ng mga teammates ko. Nag-tiwala ako na kaya rin nilang gawin ‘yun,” said Rosario.

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