Rookie Troy Rosario played like a veteran in just his second playoff appearance in his young professional basketball career to earn his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of April 11-17.
The second overall pick in last year’s PBA Draft set career-high marks on Sunday to help the defending champion pull off a thrilling 106-99 win over Alaska and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3 quarterfinal series.
TNT can wrap up its mini-playoff series on Tuesday with another win against Alaska to advance to the semifinals.
Rosario finished the game with a PBA career-best 31 points, built around 7-of-10 three-point shooting, to go along with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes of action.
The lanky forward out of National University seemed comfortable playing the three-spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after averaging a scorching 45.2 percent from three-point zone.
A natural power forward since his days at NU, Rosario was shifted to the small forward spot by coach Jong Uichico this conference because of his ability to knock down outside shots.
The 24-year-old Rosario beat Rain or Shine wingman Jeff Chan, Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Star rookie guard Mark Cruz and San Miguel slotman June Mar Fajardo for the weekly citation. (RD)