LIGHTNING almost struck twice for Alaska in the form of Troy Rosario in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series.
The Tropang TNT rookie forward, coming off a career-high 31-point performance in Game One, had the chance to win the game for the Texters once again, only for his wide-open three-point attempt from the deep right corner with two seconds left to rattle out, over the top.
“Yung last shot, it felt good eh,” Rosario said after the game. “Akala ko papasok talaga. Diretsong diretso yung bato ko. Nabigla lang ako na kumalog.”
Still, the rookie out of National University said he is grateful to coach Jong Uichico, as well as veteran teammate Jayson Castro, for entrusting him with the shot to win the game.
“’Di talaga para sa akin yung play, pero nagkataon lang na ako yung na-open,” he added.
“Masaya ako na pinagkatiwalaan ako to take the last shot kasi pwedeng i-diretso na ni kuya Jayson yun eh,” Rosario added. “Nakita pa niya ako at nagtiwala sya sa akin.”
That would’ve atoned for a so-so performance this time as he finished with just eight points on 2-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes.
“Maganda yung depensa ng Alaska,” Rosario said. “Nung una, talagang sobrang tight ng defense nila at ang dami naming turnovers. Nawala yung timing ng game at mas marami silang possessions dahil sa mga turnovers na yun.”
But Rosario vowed to go all out in the decider on Friday.
“Bakbakan na talaga,” he said. “Kung sino ang gustong umadvance sa next round, yun ang mananalo.”