Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario drew flak from some fans over their inclusion in the final Gilas 12. But instead of getting disheartened, Reyes would rather dwell on the positive and remain unfazed of the pressure to prove his worth.
“Not at all. I take that negative and put that as a positive,” said Reyes to FOX Sports, following the inclusion of his and Troy Rosario’s names in the final lineup for the Olympic qualifier.
Many fans believed that the 2 Tropang TNT cagers will be the final cut heading into the announcement but it turned out wrong as Calvin Abueva and LA Tenorio, who are both individually better based on awards and stats, were dropped fanning mixed reactions from fans all over social media.
For the 6-foot-2 guard, the challenge now is to embrace the ‘hate’ as he successfully gained a slot for the national team after series of setbacks due to injury in the past years.
“You know, just love the hate, I’m just gonna be there and play hard and play my game,” said Reyes. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m gonna give my all.”
And if there’s one thing he could ask for from the supporters, it’s the united stand to cheer for those warriors who will try to protect the home as Gilas attempts to make a comeback in the Olympics against all odds.
“I’m fighting for the country so they should support the country too,” pleaded Reyes. – By Jason Mercene
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