BIG CHILL believes rookie Juneric Baloria can fill the gap left by Terrence Romeo shortly after the Far Eastern University star decided to turn pro prior to the start of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
Coach Robert Sison expressed confidence Baloria will be able to pick up the scoring cudgels left behind by Romeo, who has since been drafted at No. 5 overall and signed by Globalport in the PBA.
Baloria, the NCAA Rookie of the Year for Season 89, scored 22 points in his D-League debut with the Superchargers after playing out his commitments with NCAA side University of Perpetual Help.
“We didn’t feel the absence of Terrence Romeo with the entry of Jong Baloria,” Sison admitted. “I think he will be the next Terrence Romeo. I predict that.”
In a conference that began with a ‘lucky’ victory over National University-Banco De Oro which saw Big Chill score four points in just 11 seconds, the Superchargers are off to a fast start after winning its first three games of the season including an upset of last conference’s champion Blackwater Sports on Tuesday.
The Superchargers are currently just behind league-leader Cagayan Valley, which is unbeaten in all four games so far.
Notwithstanding Baloria’s impressive debut, Sison credited the team’s other players such as Janus Lozada, who also sparked in the victory over Blackwater Sports with 15 points.
“I don’t want to give too much emphasis doon sa sinabi ko about Jong Baloria but he is a very big addition. But everybody is also playing well. Everybody stepped up especially Janus Lozada. He has been consistent from the first game,” said Sison.
Big Chill goes for its fourth win against Cebuana Lhuiller on Monday at the JSCGO gym.