SIGNED to a new contract, Rome Dela Rosa vowed to put in the work and finally get the only thing missing in his PBA career – a championship.
The 27-year-old wingman has been frustrated time and again in his bid for a maiden title in five years as a pro, but looks forward to breaking through with Magnolia back in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Governors Cup.
The semis stint of the Hotshots came just a week after Dela Rosa was signed to a fresh three-year contract by the franchise.
“I’m just thankful, very happy, and blessed right now,” he said.
The Hotshots booked a berth in the Final Four after making short work of Blackwater Elite in the quarterfinals, but face the tough task of topping two-time reigning champion Ginebra in a best-of-five semifinals starting on Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Although the top-seeded Kings are favored over the No. 4 Hotshots, Dela Rosa still likes the chances of Magnolia getting to the finals.
“Hopefully it would be nice. I have been in the finals five times, so it would be nice to win one and end the year with a championship. That would be great,” said the son of former PBA player Romy Dela Rosa.
The Magnola wingman had played in the finals four times while still with Alaska, and then win Magnolia in this year’s Philippine Cup, where the team lost to the San Miguel Beermen.
“The coaches really have their hands full (against Ginebra),” he said.
Dela Rosa is the third key player to be signed by the Magnolia franchise just before the season ends after Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang.
He’s just grateful for the ‘trust given him’ by the franchise, which acquired his services from the Aces following a one-on-one trade in 2016 for former San Beda teammate Jake Pascual.
“I’m just thankful. I’ll try to put in the work. I wasn’t expecting a three-year contract, but they gave it to me,” said Dela Rosa. “I’m thankful to the organization, to boss RSA (Ramon S. Ang), Boss Al (Chua), and of course, the coaches and my teammates because they put me in a great position to play my game and do well.”
With the trust given to him by Magnolia management, Dela Rosa hopes to return the compliment.
“The trust is there so I just have to continue to put in the work,” he said. “It showed what I can do and to continue to take it to the next level.”