SLOWLY but surely, Troy Rosario is finally settling down in the new system of TnT Katropa.
It was on display on Friday night when he instigated the Texters’ breakaway from Alaska en route to a 109-100 win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the PhilSports Arena.
Rosario had a team-high 26 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range in what had been so far his best game as a sophomore.
For good measure, he added seven rebounds and went an efficient 8-of-13 from the field overall.
Although he has yet to totally adopt to the changes implemented by new coach Nash Racela, the 24-year-old forward said he’s getting there.
“Alam naman natin na nagpalit ng coach (ang team), pero nangangapa pa,” he said. “Kahit pa sabihin na kasama na namin si Coach Nash, may mga binago, talagang changes na gustong mangyari (ni Coach Nash) na dati ok lang gawin pero ngayon hindi na.”
The 6-foot-7 product of National University didn’t go into specifics, but pointed out that Racela could relate more to a young TnT side.
Not that the Texters have anything against former coach Jong Uichico.
“Advantage kasi mga bata kami. Karamihan sa amin bata, Pag naturuan mo yung mga bata, talagang gagawin at gagawin yung sistema,” said Rosario, a key member of the last NU men’s team that won the 2014 UAAP basketball championship.
Rosario’s heroics gave the Texters a share of second place with Blackwater at 4-2, which Troy said clearly gives the team good enough cushion when it resumes its campaign in 2017.
“Magandang panalo sa amin ito dahil umangat kami ng kaunti,” he said. “Ang daming 3-2, dikit-dikit yun. Nakakatakot yun. Isang talo mo lang dun talagang bagsak ka sa baba.”
“Going to next year, talagang may baon kami. Meron kaming at least one game na advantage sa mga kalaban namin.”