If it’s playing under the Philippine flag, fit-again TNT wingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser said he is always ready to heed the call of national duty after being named to the new 24-man Gilas pool.
Ganuelas-Rosser was one of the only three PBA players, together with Blackwater’s JP Erram and Almond Vosotros, in the shortlist submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the organizers of the upcoming FIBA Asia Challenge.
After failing to compete for a spot in Gilas 4.O that competed in the Manila Olympic qualifier due to an untimely foot injury, Ganuelas-Rosser is raring to don the national colors anew if given the chance.
“They asked me if im willing, I said ‘of course’, I’m there, if I have to sacrifice for the country, so be it, I’m willing to do it,” said the Olongapo-born Fil-Am cager to FOX Sports after rejoining TNT for the first time in the Governors’ Cup.
“I’m here to play for the country, that’s why I came to the Philippines for first, was to play for the country, and I’ll always have that,” he emphasized.
The 2014 4th overall pick has garnered international experience in the past 4 years under the Gilas program, most prominently in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship where the Philippines took home silver.
His availability, though, appears to be tricky since the regional meet will be in conflict with the Katropa’s ongoing campaign, but Ganuelas-Rosser is eager to work things out with the help of tournament head coach Josh Reyes, who happened to be with the TNT’s side.
“We still haven’t figure that out.” he said. “But coach Josh Reyes is working me through it, he’s talking to me about it, we’re just gonna take this day by day.”
His past injury won’t hardly matter for Ganuelas-Rosser also as he bared he felt better now with the All-Star break helping him fully recover.
“This was my target game to be back and I felt good to be back out there, playing with the guys and going up and down.” – By Jason Mercene
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