FOR a long time, Nash Racela has been a part of Gilas Pilipinas, whose famous battle cry is encapsulated in a four-letter word that read ‘PUSO.’
And there’s no better moment for him and TnT Katropa to show heart than on Monday night.
With star player Jayson Castro likely to sit out the Texters’s sudden-death duel with the San Miguel Beermen for a berth in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, Racela will need all the help and courage he can get from his suddenly embattled team.
In Castro’s absence, Troy Rosario returns to the team’s active roster after missing out Game Six which turned out to be his wedding day.
But this being a win-or-go-home situation, Racela said he’s ready to go with the resources available to him.
“We expect both teams to go all-out regardless of who’s available or not,” he stressed.
He did admit Rosario’s absence and the sudden injury suffered by Castro in the fourth quarter affected the way the Texters played the last time as they failed to close out the series.
“Maybe it was a factor,” was his curt reply.
Asked if the 6-foot-7 Rosario will be ready for the 7 p.m. game Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the TnT mentor softly nodded his head.
“Unless he wants to go to his honeymoon,” Racela added.
The survivor of the series will tangle with the winner of the other semis pairing between Star and Barangay Ginebra. Like the SMB-TnT showdown, the Hotshots-Kings series are also tied at 3-3, with the deciding Game Seven set on Tuesday also at the MoA Arena.