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    Rosario, Almazan back in reckoning for places in PH team to final qualifiers

    Jan 29, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    TROY Rosario said he’s raring to go if called up by Team Pilipinas for the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier next month.

    Although still feeling pain on a nasal injury he suffered during the offseason, the TnT Katropa big man felt he’s healthy enough to suit up for the national team in its two remaining games against Qatar and Kazakhstan.

    Rosario suiting up in TnT’s 104-93 beating of defending champion San Miguel is proof he’s fit to play again.

    Wearing his black protective mask, the former National University standout also joined the full scrimmage of Team Pilipinas on Monday when it resumed its weekly practice at the Meralco gym.

    “Tulad ngayon nakakapaglaro na ako, so sa tingin ko magiging ready naman ako if ever mapili ako,” said Rosario.

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      Raymond Almazan, another injured member of Team Pilipinas’ 15-man training pool, also expressed his willingness to wear the country’s colors if given the chance anew.

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      “OK na ako. May clearance and go-signal na sa doctor na puwede na akong lumaro,” said the Rain or Shine center, who sprained his ankle during the offseason.

      Like Rosario, Almazan already joined Team Pilipinas in its Monday night scrimmage.

      Almazan has yet to play in Rain or Shine’s first two games in the all-Filipino conference, but is poised to play in the team’s next outing against Blackwater on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

      Rosario said he badly wanted to help the national team in his own little way to qualify for this year’s World Cup in China.

      “Yan din ang isa kong iniisip nung injured ako kasi February yung (next window), kaya minadali ko rin ang pagbalik baka sakaling yun nga, malay natin makapaglaro,” he said.

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