BIG Chill hopes to cope with the loss of several key players in the PBA Rookie Draft, the most notable of them being reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo.
Coach Robert Sison admitted the team will definitely miss the presence of Romeo in its PBA D-League campaign, although he remains optimistic the new additions will contribute to the Superchargers’ title bid.
Romeo made himself available for the rookie at the last minute after leading Far Eastern University to a Final Four stint in Season 76 of the UAAP.
Aside from Romeo, other Big Chill who applied for the draft are Ryan Buenafe, Jeckster Apinan, and LA Revilla, who the Superchargers had picked during the maiden D-League draft.
“If there is a team na maraming nawalan, isa rin doon ang Big Chill especially under contract pa si Terrence,” said Sison. “But the team is supportive and understanding to our players.”
Still, Sison likes his team’s chances after the Superchargers signed Perpetual Help top rookie Juneric Baloria through the draft while also tapping the services of veteran Riel Cervantes and Khazim Mirza, and former college stalwarts Dexter Maiquez and Gene Belleza.
“We were able to acquire good players naman, so I think we are still okay for this conference,” said Sison.
Big Chill will play Banco De Oro in its conference debut on November 4 as it seeks to at least duplicate the team’s semifinal finish in the Foundation Cup during the summer.