Troy Rosario credits Alaska’s unforgiving defense in quarterfinal loss

Troy Rosario has been considered as one of the bright spots for Tropang TNT in the 2016 PBA Commissioners Cup but the promising rookie refused to be swayed, saying he’s still far from satisfied after the Tropang Texters’ failed title-retention bid.

“Nakukulangan pa rin ako kasi ‘yung mga important games, hindi ako masyadong nakatulong,” said the 6-foot-6 Rosario, 24, after leaving their dug-out at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum following a stinging 81-99 loss dealt by the Alaska Aces in their knockout clash for the last semifinals berth on Friday night, ending the Tropang Texters’ reign in the process.

Ranged against the Aces’ unforgiving defense, Rosario was just the third Texter to score in double figures with 13 points, including a pair of emphatic dunks in the second half, on top of five rebounds and a steal but still could not provide the needed spark in what turned out to be a surprising one-sided affair.

Rosario’s latest performance, however, paled in comparison to what he has done in their 106-99 victory in the series opener last April 17, firing away a career-best of 31 points, spiked by seven triples, aside from seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a lone block in 37 scintillating minutes of action.

But the former National U star could only come up with eight points on seven attempts in their 81-85 setback in Game 2 two days after, no thanks to the Aces’ rejuvenated defensive stance.

“‘Yung depensa ng Alaska,” was what Rosario deemed as the big difference. “Hindi na ganu’n ka-open ‘yung mga shots na nakukuha ko. Nag-iba sila ng gameplan kaya iba na ‘yung depensa na binigay nila sa akin.”

Rosario was also frank enough to admit that he and the Texters have nobody to blame for the debacle but themselves.

“‘Yung sa depensa namin, we allowed Alaska na umisko nang umiskor. Napabayaan rin namin ang opensa namin kasi 81 points lang kami sa huling dalawang games. ‘Yun pa ‘yung bad percentage namin,” he explained. – By Jerome Lagunzad

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