FAR Eastern University is in the same position it was three years ago, on top of the UAAP leaderboard with an unblemished slate at the halfway point of the eliminations. This time, Terrence Romeo leads the MVP race, but the crafty guard is getting too far ahead of himself.
Lessons learned from 2010 has taught Romeo that there is much work to be done.
Romeo won the Rookie of the year award in Season 73 and his teammate RR Garcia was named MVP, but the Tamaraws wound up being swept by Ateneo in the title series.
Now the fourth-year guard insists he is focusing on helping the Tamaraws win as many games as they can.
“Salamat sa Diyos. Pero malayo pa,” Romeo told Spin.ph when asked about topping the MVP race midway through the season.
Romeo topped the MVP race at the end of the first round, compiling 79 statistical points after averaging 22.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals this season.
He helped the Tamaraws achieve a rare feat by winning all their games in the first round for a 7-0 slate but knows the tough grind still lies ahead. The Tamaraws lost two games in the second round in 2010 and then lost twice again in the finals to the Eagles.
“Wala pa rin kaming achievement. Parang rookie year ko, ganoon din. Pero mas focused kami sa next round dahil lahat ng teams, gusto na kaming talunin. Mas focused kami next round. Hindi namin iniisip na 7-0,” Romeo said.
FEU coach Nash Racela declined to credit their success to their individual strengths and instead noted his team has topped statistical categories like assists, where the Tamaraws are averaging 16.3 per outing.
“I read a lot of tweets … One thing I’ve noticed is people really magnify the individual stats ng mga players. But I think isang bagay na we always take for granted is the team stats. I’m happy that we are number one like in assists and those stuff.
“It’s a collective effort rather than focused on one individual. I rather focus on the team,” said Racela.