Returning Rosario hopes to address Gilas’ needs vs Iran

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine head coach Yeng Guiao previously said that the team has to get bigger but at the same time quicker and more skilled once it goes up against Iran in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.And Guiao couldn’t have timed his wish perfectly.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m excited to redeem myself after what happened in the third window,” said Rosario in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after the team’s practice. “This is the time to bounce back after our loss to Kazakhstan.”Gilas Pilipinas lost to the Kazakhs, 92-88, in their previous game that sent them to a 5-4 record and a third-place tie with Japan in Group F.A win will give the Philippines shared ownership of the second spot and a better momentum-builder for its inclusion to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.The top three teams from Groups E and F and the better of the fourth placers will advance to the World Cup that will be held in China.Rosario said the team can rely on its newfound quickness especially since he can play as a small forward and a shooting guard if the need arises.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum With lesson learned, Castro excited to lead PH again “Arwind and I are on the team for defensive purposes and that’s our job,” said Rosario. If Arwind and I can make some buckets, those are just bonuses for us.”“We have the quickness in our position, be it the three or the four, and I can also switch on defense because I can also defend guards.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Returning to the team is versatile big man Troy Rosario who’s finished serving his three-game suspension Fiba slapped on him after getting involved in a brawl against Australia’s national team in the previous round of the competition.At 6-foot-7, Rosario mainly plays power forward for his club team TNT in the PBA but he will be utilized as a small forward to defend against Iran’s wings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe’ll join Arwind Santos, who at 6-foot-4, is also a power forward in the PBA, as Gilas Pilipinas’ primary wing defenders with the goal to stop Iran’s Mohammad Jamshidi and Benham Yakchalidehkordi.Yakchalidehordi is Iran’s primary offensive threat from the wing, averaging of 14.2 points per game.last_img read more