Fresh from leading the Gilas cadet team in its conquest of the SEABA Stankovic Cup, Rosario is all business again, this time to prove he deserves a place in the final 12 of the Gilas 4.0 which will compete in the Olympic qualifier.
Just having 2 days of rest coming off from his Thailand stint, the 6-foot-7 soft-spoken forward quickly switched to high gear and joined the senior pool in their continuous preparation for a chance to get to Rio, Brazil.
But for Rosario, who missed the national team’s roster last year, his sacrifice in the name of the country is all about giving back to the sports that turned his fortune around.
“Basketball naman talaga nag-iba ng buhay ko, kung wala yung basketball wala ako rito ngayon so kung ano yung makakayanan ko gagawin ko,” said Rosario to FOX Sports.
The TNT rookie big man, though, doesn’t want to think his performance in the regional tourney will give him an advantage over his teammates in the pool, given that the stakes are higher this time around.
“May maitutulong pero hindi ganun kalaki kasi iba yung Southeast Asia sa world so talagang kailangan ko pa talagang magtrabaho pa talaga,” Rosario said.
Despite being more mature after a year playing in the pro, the former NU stalwart promised to still up his game a notch higher as the announcement of head coach Tab Baldwin’s selection draws to a near.
“Work on my game pa talaga. Nakukulangan pa ako,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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