MANILA, Philippines – Troy Rosario struggled from winning a silver medal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games to testing positive for COVID-19 back home from Hanoi, Vietnam.
“It was a tough stretch for me because after last week’s SEA Games, I tested positive so I had to stay in quarantine for at least a week before returning to team practice,” Rosario said after opening the bid to retain the TNT Philippine Cup title. Magnolia won the PBA Season 47 opener 78-72.
But the 30-year-old forward rarely misses a beat because he led the way to the defending champions, who missed the presence of veteran big man Kelly Williams due to a snakebite injury and the newly crowned Mickey Williams of the year, who is still there. Re-negotiated his contract.
Rosario took charge of the 7-of-15 shooting with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in more than 36 minutes.
This is the result of the former National University’s standout efforts in practice and the guidance of its peers.
“When I started practicing, I really did double work and I really studied everything I needed. Fortunately, my teammates helped me catch the things I missed, “said Rosario Filipino.
Rosario is credited with making his debut in his 47th season with a team mentality of wanting to win the Philippine Cup crown again this year.
“Our mentality is that if we do it last (season), we can do it again through our hard work and defense. Playing great defense will lead to more offenses, ”he said.
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