TNT rookie Rosario shines bright in 1st PBA playoff game
He may be a rookie but second overall pick Troy Rosario is ready to shine under the bright lights of the playoffs.
Rosario played like a veteran as he steered TNT over NLEX, 90-88, with 20 points to go along with six rebounds and the versatile forward had to do it on a bad ankle.
He sprained his left ankle on a drive early in the third quarter, which prompted the Tropang Texters coaches to contemplate whether to use Rosario more down the stretch.
“They kept asking if I can still do it and I would say yes, and they still trusted me even though I was injured,” Rosario said Friday. “All of my teammates were eager to win.”
Not only did Rosario shake off the pain, he also had to shake off the jitters in his first PBA playoff game.
Rosario only made two points in the first half before erupting for 11 points in the fourth quarter.
“When I started the game, I felt as if my hands were heavy, It’s like I didn’t want to take a shot, I was having second thoughts,” Rosario said. “When I went back in the second half I told my self I had to shoot good thing the shots went in and I really want to get back after that horrible first half.”
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