EXPECT Rome Dela Rosa to continue defending Justin Brownlee as Mangolia looks to finish off Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero has put Dela Rosa on Brownlee for the most part of the series. In Game Two though, Brownlee remained a force and came up with 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Still, Victolero is satisfied with Dela Rosa's performance.
“I think he is the best match-up for Brownlee sa line-up namin,” said Victolero. “Sabi ko nga kay Rome, if you can’t stop Brownlee, at least limit ‘yung kanyang scoring or ‘yung mga ginagawa niya. Malaking tulong sa amin ‘yun. We know hindi namin ma-stop si Brownlee talaga. Kailangan lang ma-limit namin.”
Dela Rosa is accepting the role as the lead defender for Brownlee to help Magnolia make it to the championship round.
“It’s just effort and coming into the game with the right mindset,” said Dela Rosa. “I’m there to guard Brownlee or any other guys from Ginebra. I’ll just be ready and the offense will just come eventually.”
Dela Rosa also agrees that Brownlee is definitely difficult to stop.
“What I like to do is make it a little tighter for Brownlee. He is a great import. We know what he is capable of doing. Just try to make it harder for him to get his shots up and when he is in the post, just make it harder for him to get the ball from there,” said Dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa got his points in Game Two on Monday when he finished with 11 points in a 101-97 victory.
“They found me. I think there was one, Jio (Jalalon) giving me a drop pass and Kuya Mark (Barroca) got me in for a cut. The credit to them, they were looking for me and put me in the right place to score a basket,” said Dela Rosa.