SINGAPORE – Troy Rosario said the tough win fashioned out by the Philippines over Thailand on Sunday in the basketball semifinals of the 28th Southeast Asian Games will only help the team prepare for the gold medal match on Monday night.
Rosario had a huge game for Gilas Pilipinas cadets, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals to anchor their 80-75 win over the Thais
The victory, however, was in no way easy as the Filipinos surprisingly had to overcome a 43-33 deficit at halftime.
But Rosario sees the hard-earned win in a positive light as it will be beneficial to the team’s quest for gold either against Indonesia or host Singapore.
“Hats off sa Thailand, pinaghandaan kami. Magandang challenge sa amin ‘yung game na ‘yun going to the finals. Malaking tulong sa amin para masabi namin na hindi madali at kailangang trabahuhin ‘yung ginto na gusto namin,” said the former National University standout.
The potential first round pick in the coming PBA Draft put up a double-double performance against the Thais and had to overcome the physical plays displayed by the opposition in a game that saw the ejection of teammate Glenn Khobuntin.
“May mga cheap shots sila tapos ‘yung mga bad calls ng refs. Daming challenge dito sa game na ‘to,” said Rosario.
The power forward and the rest of the Gilas cadets vow to be ready in the finals following the gutsy win over the Thais.
“We have to trust each other lang para makuha namin ‘yung panalo,” said Rosario.