Bad start, a learning experience for rookies Tautuaa, Rosario

Mark Escarlote on Oct 23, 2015 10:58 PM
Bad start, a learning experience for Tautuaa, Rosario
Hindi ko nalaro 'yung laro ko. Time to learn. Mahaba pa 'yung season and 'yun nga learning experience --- Talk 'N Text rookie Troy Rosario

They don’t want to call it rookie jitters.

They just didn’t deliver.

Talk ‘N Text rookies and this season’s top two overall picks Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario wanted to take their forgettable debut in the 41st PBA Philippine Cup as learning experience to further improve and prove that they are as good as advertised.         

The duo received a beating from Vic Manuel, Calvin Abueva and the rest of the Alaska Aces in a 114-98 rout Friday night.   

“Masama 'yung laro ko kanina pero 'yun talaga ang nangyari so bawi na lang ako next game,” said Rosario, the no. 2 pick acquired by TNT in a trade with Kia. “Hindi ko nalaro 'yung laro ko. Time to learn. Mahaba pa 'yung season and 'yun nga learning experience.”

The 6-foot-7 forward, who led National University to a UAAP title last year, bombed out in his debut with only four points on 2-of-7 shooting and grabbed three boards. He was schooled the whole night defending Manuel, who had a double-double for the Aces with 22 points and 12 boards.  

Top overall pick 6-foot-8 Tautuaa had an even rougher outing with only one field goal made out of five attempts – an alley-oop two-handed slam dunk on a fast break in the second quarter. 

He pulled a measly two rebounds with three assists while hounded by four fouls.         

Tautuaa was the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Most Valuable Player while playing for Cebuana Lhuillier.    

“I had a hard time adjusting. It’s different. It is a lot different from PBA D-League and I couldn’t find my rhythm today, I couldn’t find my groove,” said Tautuaa, a member of Gilas Pilipinas that played in the Jones Cup. “And it showed. I struggled everywhere on the floor. I didn’t feel like myself out there today.”

Tautuaa started for TNT and was on the floor for 20 minutes but was off the game the whole night and obviously felt the pressure.   

“This doesn’t feel like a rookie year for me. I can blame it on that but I just can’t find my groove today. It could’ve been rookie jitters or it’s just I was unfocused, that’s how I felt today,” he said. “It’s a different atmosphere to play in and adjusting on how the play is here.”

“Troy did well today. For myself I did felt a little pressure but the older guys talked to me and told me I shouldn’t and they just told me to play my game and today it just didn’t come,” Tautuaa added.

Still the rookie is keeping his morale high and will take the bad outing as challenge.     

“It’s a long season so I just have to keep my head up and continue to work,” he said.






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