TROY Rosario may have gotten the better of his match up against Calvin Abueva in the series opener of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals playoffs between Alaska and defending champion Tropang TNT.
But the rookie forward certainly hasn’t heard the last of ‘The Beast.’
Abueva vowed to get even against Rosario in their friendly duel that saw the former National University stalwart outplayed the undersized power forward out of San Sebastian College in the Texters’ 106-99 win over the Aces Sunday at the Astrodome.
Rosario poured in a career-high 31 points on 7-of-10 shooting from three-point range, mostly scoring with Abueva right on his face.
In one sequence during the fourth period, the two even engaged in a shooting duel, with Rosario answering Abueva’s three-pointer and vice- versa.
But the 6-foot-1 Alaska star admitted Rosario, a teammate of him with Gilas Pilipinas, was the better player between them in this night.
“Ang ganda talaga ng pinakita niya,” acknowledged Abueva, who also did well for the Aces with his 18 points (2-of-4 from 3-point line), eight rebounds, and four assists.
“Pero next game, dodoblehin ko pa ang depensa ko sa kanya,” he said as the Aces face the daunting task of sweeping the last two games of the best-of-three series to advance to the semifinals.
He also downplayed several exchange of words he had with Rosario throughout the game.
“Wala naman yun, tina-trash talk ko lang siya,” he said with a hearty laugh. “Friend naman kami niyan ni Troy.”
“Basta bawi na lang next game.”