Hapee Fresh Fighters’ Game One win in the finals of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup is a “collective effort,” according to head coach Ronnie Magsanoc.
“It’s all about effort. The boys worked for it. But I still feel that it was a collective effort,” said Magsanoc after their 83-72 win against Cafe France on Thursday.
Magsanoc specifically commended the performance of big man Troy Rosario, who stepped in for Nigerian center Ola Adeogun in the greater part of the game.
“Ola helped us out already in the semifinals but napagod siya ng husto [he really got tired]and he was not feeling well. But Troy came out even with an ankle sprain,” he added.
Rosario, fresh out of a gold medal performance in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, notched 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The ex-National University Bulldog was thankful that his team was able to respond positively to the challenges thrown in by their rivals.
“Sobrang thankful kami na kahit ang daming challenges na nangyayari sa team, naitatawid pa rin namin yung mga games namin [we are thankful that despite the challenges, we still get by with the games that we play],” Rosario said.
The Hapee Fresh Fighters will seek to clip the Cafe France Bakers anew in Game Two of the tournament finals on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.