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Troy Rosario makes up for defensive breakdowns with timely explosion in the fourth

by Reynald Magallon, October 09, 2019 8:14pm

TNT forward Troy Rosario makes up for several defensive breakdowns with a timely fourth quarter explosion to help the Katropa escape the NorthPort Batang Pier, 103-100 to keep their record unblemished after five games.

After scoring just five points in the first three quarters, Rosario exploded for 15 of his 22 points in the payoff period to help TNT reclaim the lead.

"Alam ko kailangan na ako ng team di naging maganda yung opensa ko nung first three quarters. I think five points lang ako so kailangan ko na talagang bumawi," said Rosario.

Rosario also shared that he really needed to step up offensively to make up for several defensive lapses early in the game.

"Ang dami ko nang breakdown sa depensa kung naririnig niyo kanina talagang ako yung inaano ni coach kanina  so kailangan kong bumawi sa opensa," he added.

TNT as a team actually did great on the defensive end in the first half limiting NorthPort to just 38 points. The Batang Pier led by Garvo Laneta however mounted a huge third quarter flurry that enabled them to take the lead at the end of three quarters, 70-65.

TNT's defense crumpled totally in the second half allowing NorthPort to errupt for 62 points. Thanks to Rosario and import KJ McDaniels, TNT managed to climb back into the game.

"Naging aggressive sila sa opensa halos lahat ng mga tira nila three points, tintakbuhan pa nga kami. Talagang kailangan talaga namin higpitan yung depensa sa fourth quarter pero ganun pa rin talagang nakakaiskor pa rin sila ng nakakaiskor yung last two minutes lang talaga kami nanalo sa depensa," the sweet shooting big man explained.

Rosario however believed that TNT cannot afford to just bank on their offensive power to win games. The TNT forward stressed that his team needs to learn to put the stop on their opponents.

"Marami kaming breakdowns, nanalo kami sa games pero yung depensa namin pinapayagan namin yung kalaban namin makaiscore ng more than hundred points so para sa amin no-no yun."


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