PBA: Rosario returns to Gilas practice; may play Sunday vs SMB
Philip Matel on Jan 24, 2019 01:53 PM
Troy Rosario quells fears that he may not be able to play for Gilas and TNT. (FILE PHOTO)
TNT KaTropa big man Troy Rosario says he is ready to go for Gilas Pilipinas and his PBA squad after suffering a brutal nasal injury a few weeks back.
Rosario's nose bridge was shattered, leading for him to miss the first three contests of the flagship MVP franchise, which has gone 1-2 in his absence.
If cleared to return, Rosario and his 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game average will very much be needed by TNT and will come at a most opportune time as they clash with a retooled San Miguel Beermen side on Sunday at the Big Dome.
"Tingin ko makakalaro na siya, sila Tony (Semerad) as well. At least nadagdagan kami. San Miguel, hindi naman biro ang San Miguel. Kailangan namin paghandaan yan at hopefully, maka-compete man lang kami sa kanila. Hindi namin alam 'yung result pero ang gusto talaga namin, may pride naman kayo, lumaban namin. So you have to be ready," said head coach Bong Ravena.
But for now, a practice with the national team Thursday evening at the Meralco Gym is Rosario's top priority, as the Nationals are teetering on the brink of elimination in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, whose sixth and final window will commence February.
The two games will be abroad, as they will visit Qatar on Feb. 21 and Kazakhstan on Feb. 24.
"Makakalaro. Aabot naman. Well, sa practice naman okay na ako eh. Hindi ko na naman iniisip sa ilong kasi tingin ko healed naman na. Yung safety lang naman, yung mask. Pag tinatamaan yung mask, hindi naman masakit eh. Puro conditioning, yung rhythm. Yun pa ang kulang sa akin," shared Rosario.
The stretch five also said that he could now feel the nasal bridge after weeks of feeling tender, which rendered him unable to do any strenuous activities that may have worsened the blow.
As an extra precaution, Rosario will be wearing a protective mask for an indefinite amount of time.
Regarding the first win of the KaTropa, a close 85-80 victory over NLEX, where he suited up but was glued to the bench, Rosario is hoping to see a much more better squad that will put to heart the plays drawn up by the coaching staff in practice.
"Salamat kasi lumabas din yung mga pina-pratice namin kasi last two games, hindi kami maka-shoot. Yung depensa namin, talagang nagbe-breakdown. At least ngayon, natapos yung game namin, panalo kami," Rosario said.
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