AFTER all the suffering, Troy Rosario says they were due one big joyful moment.
National University is on top of UAAP men’s basketball after 60 years of struggle, and the timing was great for the big man who was playing his final game as a National University Bulldog.
“Sa lahat ng heartbreaks na dinanas namin, we deserve the championship,” said Rosario, struggling with his words after the Bulldogs stopped the FEU Tamaraws, 2-1, in the title series.
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When he finally gathered himself hours after the end of Game Three, Rosario said the historic victory somehow healed all the heartache, including last year’s loss to University of Santo Tomas when NU was No. 1 seed.
“Parang nag-flash back sa akin ’yung mga paghihirap namin,” said Rosario. “’Yung kanina, parang ’yun ’yung bawi tapos history pa.”
Rosario didn’t post huge numbers, finishing with only six points and four rebounds.
That was far from his stats in Game Two when he posted a double-double to help NU force the title decider, but it was enough contribution for the Bulldogs to seal the title.
“Thankful kami na nakuha namin ’yung gusto namin. Nakakakilabot din dahil after 60 years, nag-champion ang NU at kami ’yung nakakuha ng championship. Sobrang saya,” said Rosario.
Rosario also said he dedicates all his performances to his mother Evelyn, who passed away due to cancer years ago.
“Siya ’yung every game, nag-pupush sa akin,” Rosario said. “Alam ko kung nandito siya, proud na proud siya sa akin.”