TROY Rosario kept his promise on Wednesday. Game 2 of the UAAP Finals won’t be his last game for the season.
The lanky National University forward was all over the paint and scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lift the Bulldogs to a 62-47 win over Far Eastern University Tamaraws to level their best-of-three title series at 1-game apiece.
“Gusto ko lang makatulong sa team,” Rosario said of his Game Two performance. “Ayokong maging last game ko ito sa college. Ito ang pinaka-importanteng game para sa amin.
“Ito na ang start ng finals namin,” he added.
Rosario had 11 points but scored only a point in the second half of the Bulldgos’ Game One loss to the Tamaraws over the weekend.
In Game Two, however, Rosario only had four of his 19 points in the second half, but grabbed a total of nine offensive rebounds in the win that marked the Bulldogs’ first against the Tamaraws in three outings this season, including a two-game sweep in the eliminations.
The 6-foot-7 Rosario, who was the recipient of the Most Improved Player award prior to the game, said he only wanted to make true to his promise of playing well in Game Two.
“Gusto ko lang makatulong sa team. Kung puwede ‘yung 50-50 ball, makuha ko, kukunin ko. Nawala ako nung second half sa Game One. Tingin ko na-down ‘yung team. I think alam ko may maitutulong ako sa defense at offense,” he said.
’Yung nine offensive rebounds na ‘yun, I think effort ‘yun.”