The tragedy that befell the country’s basketball teams at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games turned out to be the fate of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Bossing, who is hoping to remove the Whipping-Boy billboard cast on their franchise, has suffered a major setback as Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, the multi-talented man seen as the team’s savior, has a finger injury to keep him away from the upcoming Philippine Cup. .
Rosler’s handler Charlie Dye told Inquirer on Thursday, “He broke his right middle finger at the SEA Games.”
“He will be out for six to eight weeks,” added the agent, who said the timing was “unfortunate” as Brandon waited for the conference to begin.
“While this is a setback to our preparation, we will not risk hitting him again on the finger,” said Blackwater interim coach Ariel Vanguardia, who is hopeful his valuable addition will be active in four to six weeks.
Rosser was ready to backstop Blackwater’s side to improve on a lone win in a disastrous 2021 season where it – by a wide margin – held the league record to a losing streak.
“He gives us the big man we really need. And I have very good reviews about him, especially when he played with my former players [Jose Rizal University] Marvin Hayes, “Vanguardia said in an earlier interview with Inquirer.
“There’s no soy sauce,” Marvin would say, as Vanguardia adds, adding that the Filipino word “toyo” is a play, both a spice and a word used to describe diva-like players who waste their talents for acting. “[Brandon is] A good rim protector who can run the floor. He can score goals inside and out – a complete player. Rosa signed a three-year deal on Thursday, with incoming rookie Mark Dyke and Otto Uler joining the new Blackwater pickup: veteran Joseph Taha and former Alaska (now Convergent) Ray Pablico.
SEA Games defeated
Rosser was part of the men’s 3 × 3 team that failed to secure a gold medal from the 2019 SEA Games.
Basketball’s 3 × 3 defeat at the recent biennial meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam was a defeat.
Most notably, the men’s 5 × 5 squad surrendered to the throne that had been sitting in the SEA Games for more than three decades, losing a landslide victory to a well-prepared Indonesian squad in a gold medal match. The women’s 3 × 3 team also failed to defend its crown.
Of the four basketball teams sent to Hanoi, only the women’s team finished with a gold medal, the second in a row in the regional competition.
Blackwater set a league record for consecutive defeats at the PBA, collecting 29 consecutive defeats to reduce the old record, with Club Presto’s 18 extinct, as a spot in the rearview mirror.
Bossing was hoping that a bumper crop of drafts, including the No. 1 overall pick rosary, would turn their fortunes around.
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