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    Ganuelas-Rosser plays down praise after stepping up for injured Lassiter

    Apr 25, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MATT Ganuelas-Rosser played down the praise for his solid numbers in a rare start for San Miguel, saying he has no doubt that anyone from the bench would be able to dish out a similar performance.

    Ganuelas-Rosser, 28, stepped up on both ends with Marcio Lassiter nursing a bad back. The fifth-year player had eight points, seven rebounds and five steals in SMB’s 114-91 Game Four win over Phoenix for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven semifinal series.

    “Without Marcio, it’s a next man up mentality,” said Ganuelas-Rosser. “I just told them that no matter what happens, it could be me starting, Von (Pessumal) starting, or Ronald (Tubid). It’s just next man up. That’s what we are worried about.”

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      Ganuelas-Rosser also shrugged off the physicality even as he was involved in a shoving incident that led to Alex Mallari’s ejection.

      “Emotions are high. The biggest thing is I just protect my teammates and myself. There’s just been a lot going on in this series. For me, I just want to focus on the basketball and just protect our guys. The extra stuff, it’s unnecessary. I understand why he feels like he needs to play like that. For us, we just want to play basketball and get a win,” said Ganuelas-Rosser.

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      Ganuelas-Rosser hopes the Beermen can end the series in five.

      “Like I said, one more win and we are back in the finals. We have one more and look to take care of it on Thursday,” Ganuelas-Rosser said.

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