CHANGSHA, China – The dazzling alley-oop play by Matt Ganuelas-Rosser that highlighted Gilas’ win at the end of the Fiba-Asia Championship preliminary round wasn’t meant to add to India’s misery.
It was, in Ganuela’s own words, meant on ‘bringing more energy’ to a team that started out rather flat against an opponent which didn’t really go away until Gilas went on a scoring tear in the final eight minutes of the match at the Changsha Social Work Colleges gymnasium here.
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“It’s cool to contribute in a way like that. It brings more energy to the team, and that’s good for us,” said Ganuelas of the spectacular move he completed following a perfect lob pass from point guard Terrence Romeo in the waning seconds of the match which Gilas won, 99-65.
Ganuelas was part of the group which coach Tab Baldwin referred to as the team’s ‘energy guys’ who came off the bench and engineered Gilas’ telling 29-2 run that took the fight out of the tall Indian side.
Baldwin didn’t fail to cite their efforts during his customary post-game interview.
“Our energy guys kinda kept us in the game, kept us with their noses in front in the game. And in the second half, those same guys Calvin, Ping, Terrence, Gabe, Matt, Dray, they gave us a lot of energy, they gave us good results,” said the American-New Zealander coach.
“We wore them (Indians) down, and we reaped the benefit of that in the fourth quarter.”
A similar alley-oop play was also completed by the high-leaping Ganuelas earlier off another Romeo lob pass, although he failed to punctuate the move with a slam and instead, settled for an easy lay-up.
Coming off a timeout, Romeo told Ganuelas to be ready as they’ll try to execute the play anew.
“Naisip ko lang gusto ko mag-end (ang game) na hype kaming lahat, kaya pagkapasok ko tsaka ko lang sinabi sa kanya,” Romeo recalled.
A smiling Ganuelas added, “The first time we didn’t get it. So the next time, Terrence said ‘I got you, I got you, man.’ So I said, okay. And Terrence did a perfect pass.”
But whether he’s providing highlight plays, playing defense, or just giving support off the bench, the Talk ‘N Text sophomore guard is willing to do anything to make the team wins.
“I’m doing everything to personally help the team. Every minute, every second I’m out there, I’m just gonna play hard because that’s what coach Tab and my teammates expect of me,” stressed the 25-year-old Fil-Am.