TROY Rosario was glad to see import Terrence Jones finally get the support that he needed from the locals to bring TNT KaTropa to the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals.
Rosario scored 20 points and four other TNT local players scored in double figures in a 104-93 sudden-death win over Alaska that enabled the top-seeded KaTropa to advance to a semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra.
“I was really proud of all of them,” TNT consultant Mark Dickel said. “We got production from everyone when it mattered.”
The performance of Troy Rosario and Co. stood in stark contrast to their disappointing stand in a 108-72 loss to the eight-seeded Aces that saw Jayson Castro as the only TNT local in double figures with 23 points.
On Wednesday, Castro came away with 17 points while Don Trollano added 14 points for TNT. Roger Pogoy contributed 12 points after scoring just two points in the Game One loss to the Aces.
“Lahat naman nabigyan ng pagkakataong maglaro,” said Rosario. “Nag-contribute lahat. Masaya ako na nakatulong kami ngayon kay Terrence. Hindi niya kayang mag-isa. Kailangan niya ng tulong.”
Pogoy was so disappointed with his Game One performance that he politely declined to grant interviews after that match.
He was in the mood to talk on Wednesday.
“Sa totoo lang, lahat kami parang emotional kami ngayon kasi sobrang sakit pala na number one ka tapos talo tapos tambak pa,” Pogoy bared. “Malaking panalo ‘to. Magandang preparation para sa Ginebra.”
After the Alaska close call, Rosario knows TNT faces an even tougher task in a best-of-five semifinal against Ginebra starting on Friday.
“Mas mahirap kasi mas malalaki,” said Rosario. “May mga gagawin din silang adjustments. Alam naman namin na mahirap kalaban ang Ginebra lalo na sa semis. We just have to play our game."