Gilas cuts Calvin Abueva, LA Tenorio to Troy Rosario: Time mo na

Now that his dream finally came true, Troy Rosario is raring to prove the doubters and critics wrong when Gilas go for a shot at playing on the world’s biggest stage of basketball.

For some fans, Rosario was a curious pick for the Gilas final 12 that forged the exit of Calvin Abueva and LA Tenorio in the Manila qualifier.

Asking to respect Tab Baldwin and the coaching staff’s final decision, Rosario even shared how he and Ryan Reyes felt on the night of the announcement as they were hot topic in the social media, but for the wrong reason.

“Nag-usap kami ni Ryan na nag-trending nga kami, pero hindi maganda yung mga reaction,” said Rosario after their Wednesday night practice at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Pero masaya kami kasi kahit yung dalawa natanggal, proud pa rin sila sa amin. Kausap ko si Calvin at si kuya LA at sinabi lang nila na ‘time mo na,’” he added.

Asked by FOX Sports if he will take the negative feedback of the fans as an added pressure heading to the Olympic qualifier, Rosario stressed he can also play ball.

“Nandyan naman lagi yung pressure. Nasa sa’kin na yung kung paano ko iha-handle. Alam kong malaking bagay si Calvin sa Gilas, pero kaya ko rin naman maglaro,” he said.

For the versatile TNT big man, who was also shocked by the decision, the opportunity to be included in the final lineup gives him the perfect opportunity to repay the trust of the Gilas coaches.

“May chance na ako ipakita yung laro ko tsaka mabigay yung trust pabalik sa mga coaches at management,” said Rosario.

Despite being one of the youngest players in the national team, the former NU stalwart believes that he can fill in the big shoes left by Abueva with his versatility to either play as big man or wing for Baldwin.

“Kahit ako yung bago sa Final 12, malaki pa rin yung role ko na gagampanan,” Rosario said. – By Jason Mercene

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