Rosario makes triumphant return in PH win over Japan

first_img“Those things happen, but I’m just happy that my teammates stepped up. Us from the bench made a run and it’s a good thing that though we had a slow start, we were able to sustain our form in the second half,” he said.But the former NU forward argued that anyone from the team is ready to take the baton, whether its the starters or the guys off the bench, making Gilas Pilipinas all the more deadly.“We’re just happy that we’re able to contribute. It doesn’t mean that we’re in the second five that we’ll only be there to give the first group a rest. We’re all trained to play as a team and that’s what we all did,” he said. Rosario was one of the sparks for the Philippines in its 89-84 victory over Japan in a game that propeled the home team into the  second round of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“I didn’t expect that I’ll play that well, but there’s no miracle. Only hard work,” he said in Filipino after pouring 14 points, on a 2-of-4 shooting from threes, to go with four rebounds in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlready ruled out to play in the second window, Rosario admitted that his callup came as a shock, but he’s glad to have repaid the faith coach Chot Reyes gave to him with a solid outing.“After what happened to me, I no longer expected to make it to the lineup because I couldn’t get the clearance. But when I found out that I was included in the 12 for this game, I really prepared hard to give back on the trust that the team gave me,” he said. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fajardo vows no letup for Gilas AFP official booed out of forum .@troyrosario18 was glad to have been given a chance to play in this second window after his freak accident in early February. #FIBAWC— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018Rosario, together with Kiefer Ravena, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, and Roger Pogoy, provided Gilas a much-needed lift from the second group after the home team fell behind early, 4-20.The group conspired in staging a telling 37-6 blast abridging the first two frames to help the Philippines take control of the game, 41-26, in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe last time Troy Rosario saw action at Mall of Asia Arena, he found himself being carried out in a gurney after falling face-first in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7.Three weeks later, the reed-thin forward came back with a vengeance, making sure he made his mark as he came through for Gilas Pilipinas in his return on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img

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