DON Trollano gets a chance to redeem himself following a disappointing final season in the UAAP as he and the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns are bound for the finals of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
Trollano scored 14 points, including 11 in the final period, as he helped the Rising Suns eliminate the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 103-85, in their do-or-die match on Thursday for the remaining finals berth.
In his second season with the team, the Laguna native has been one of the most consistent players of the Rising Suns as he atoned for a disappointing final season with Adamson in the UAAP.
Trollano ended his final year in the collegiate league on a losing note as the Falcons registered just a single victory in Season 77 of the men’s basketball tournament.
Aware of how it feels to be on the losing end, the former Adamson Falcon said he doesn’t want to put to naught the effort made by the Rising Suns following an unbeaten 11-game stint in the elims.
“Kung hindi kami pumasok, sayang ‘yung pinaghirapan namin, 11-0 kami. Magiging masakit lang kapag hindi namin ginawa ang lahat,” said Trollano.
In the finals-clinching win, Trollano shot 4-of-11 from the field but had five points in a 7-2 start in the final quarter that gave the Rising Suns an 80-70 lead.
He also had two triples and grabbed seven rebounds in the series clincher.
Trollano said he put it upon himself to perform well in Game Three.
“Kailangan eh kasi mahirap kung bumagsak kami dito. Nag-eexpect ‘yung mga tao na kami ang papasok sa finals,” he stressed.
Cagayan Valley will take on powerhouse Hapee in the best-of-three title series that starts on Monday.