Troy Rosario learns the hard way how rookie life is in TnT's loss at San Miguel's hands
Rookie Troy Rosario tries to shoot one over the veteran duo of Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo. Dante Peralta

EVEN as a rookie, Troy Rosario showed he’s not about to back down from any fight even against a powerhouse team such as San Miguel.

The 6-foot-6 power forward was hardly intimidated when he found himself get tangled in a couple of physical plays during TnT’s 97-84 loss to the Beermen in their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup showdown at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Rosario was first involved with point guard Chris Ross and then later, with veteran Ronald Tubid and Gabby Espinas.

‘Hindi ko na lang pinansin kasi lamang na nga sila gagawa pa ba ako ng mga ganun,” said the season’ no.2 overall rookie pick.

“Hindi ko nga alam paano nagsimula, may mga lumalapit na lang sa akin,” he related. “Wala naman akong ginawa. Hindi ko rin naman intension na manakit.”

But the member of the Gilas Pilipinas training pool said he knows the physicality and the psychology imbedded into it are all part and parcel of the game in the pro league.

“Alam ko naman pagdating ng PBA ganyan ang gagawin nila para masira ang laro mo,” he said.

Another thing he learned as a rookie player is earning the keeps of game officials as what veteran and star player June Mar Fajardo had gotten.

It was the first time Rosario went up against the hulking 6-foot-10 back-to-back league MVP and he admitted having a hard time taking him head-on.

“Mahirap, mabigat na malaki pa siya,” he said.

“Tsaka siyempre rookie (tayo), tapos siya veteran. Siyempre mas aalagaan siya kaysa sa akin. Pero part of learning process siya. Kasama sa game yan,” said the TnT freshman.

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