THERE appears to be no hindrance to Terrence Romeo's trip with the Philippine team to the Fiba-Asia 3-on-3 next month in Doha, Qatar.
Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela said that the team will most likely allow Romeo to play for the national team after Big Chill captured the PBA D-League 3-on-3 title against Blackwater Sports on Friday.
With Big Chill taking the inaugural edition of the PBA D-League 3-on-3, Romeo as well as his teammates Mac Montilla, Mar Villahermosa and Mark Canlas earned the right to represent the Philippines in the Fiba-Asia 3-on-3 tournament slated May 15-16.
“I don’t know the details of their trip yet. But most likely, we will (allow Terrence),” Racela said in an SMS message to Spin.ph.
Romeo recently violated FEU team rules when he joined Big Chill for the Foundation Cup even though his school had an agreement with its players not to join any D-League team while the Tamarawa prepare for the UAAP season.
Romeo was given a second chance on the condition that he will not play for Big Chill in games against Fruitas, the D-League team with which FEU has a school tie-up.
Racela, however, has a different stance when it comes to playing for the national team for the 3-on-3 event, even if it will lead to Romeo missing a few days in their UAAP buildup.
“We want to teach our players the right things. And prioritizing the national team is one of them,” Racela said.
In an interview right after clinching the PBA D-League 3-on-3 crown, Romeo expressed readiness to play for the national team.
“Proud kami na ma-represent ang Pilipinas,” Romeo said. “Ibibigay namin ang best kapag andoon na kami para sa mga Pilipino. Sana suportahan nila kami.” With reports from Mei-Lin Lozada