PBA: Mask proves to be lucky as Troy comes out firing in return from injury

Paul Lintag on Jan 27, 2019 11:11 PM
PBA: Mask proves to be lucky as Troy returns from injury
Rosario scored 22 points as TNT beat the Beermen for the first time in two years. The KaTropa have lost nine straight games to San Miguel dating back to Game 5 of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

Troy Rosario’s return from a broken nose wasn’t supposed to happen until later but TNT’s top forward has chosen to give it a go.

Making his season debut Sunday, Troy’s decision proved to be worth it as he helped lead the KaTropa to a breakthrough win over defending four-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer.

Rosario scored 22 points as TNT beat the Beermen for the first time in two years. The KaTropa have lost nine straight games to San Miguel dating back to Game 5 of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

“Parang na-pressure na rin ako,” Rosario said on his return being a little rushed as TNT opened the season 0-2.

“Wala namang dahilan para di ako makalaro. Nakaka-takbo naman ako, nakaka-shooting naman ako. Kaya nag-decide na rin ako na sabihin sa mga coaches na baka pwedeng i-try sa practice. May clearance naman na ng doctor kaya minadali ko na yung pagbalik ko,” he added.

As he continues to recover from surgery, Rosario is sporting a carbon fiber mask to protect his nose.

While it took a while for him to get adjusted to it, the mask proved to be a lucky charm of sorts as Troy drilled 6-of-12 three-pointers in the win over San Miguel.

“Mukhang swerte nga. First time ko makabalik sa conference, mabuti tumama. Naka-tulong ako sa team,” Rosario said.

His mask is customized but Rosario says he’ll have it adjusted after the San Miguel game.

“Medyo papa-ayos ko ngayon kasi yung buto na nadurog parang tumutubo na kaya medyo sumisikip na dun sa part na yun. Sumasakit kapag tumatakbo ako kasi kumakaskas. Kumakaskas dun sa sugat ko,” he said.

“Kanina medyo tinamaan nga e. Medyo umikot yung mask kaya medyo masakit ngayon,” Rosario added.

 

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