BIG CHILL finally agreed not to play Terrence Romeo against Fruitas in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup showdown on Thursday out of respect for the player's school Far Eastern University.
Coach Robert Sison said they’ve already agreed not to field Romeo in its game against the Shakers, who have a school tie-up with the Morayta-based FEU Tamaraws.
Fruitas mentor Nash Racela earlier said Romeo will definitely not play for Big Chill as per agreement reached between player and the team during one of its practices.
The agreement was forged since both FEU and Fruitas are practicing at the same time and it will be unfair for the Shakers since Romeo is a key player of Big Chill.
Sison said the decision was made so that Romeo won’t have any issues with his school team.
Initially, Big Chill disagreed with the impending move, but decided it will be best for Romeo to skip the game out of respect for FEU.
“Ayaw rin namin siyang magka-problema with FEU,” Sison told Spin.ph on Wednesday. “I told Terrence na galangin na lang natin ‘yung sinabi mo para they (FEU) will treat you right.”
However, the Big Chill mentor made it clear that they will not do the same thing if ever Big Chill and Fruitas meet in the playoffs.
“Pero on playoff time, if ever magkaharap, it’s a different story. We won’t give way to their request,” Sison said.
RR Garcia is also in a similar bind with NLEX, although it is still not yet clear whether the Road Warriors will have a change of heart just like Big Chill.
The decision came just as the Superchargers seek a fourth win in six games against the Shakers in their 2 p.m. clash.
“I think they (Superchargers) can step up in Terrence’s absence. We need that win because the race for the playoffs is getting tighter,” said Sison.
Fruitas is also eyeing a fourth win after suffering their first loss via a 74-80 decision over Cagayan Valley.
In the second game, Cagayan Valley collides with EA Regen Medical Group at 4 p.m. as it tries to get back on the winning track.
The Rising Suns bowed to Big Chill, 93-92, and drop to a 3-2 (win-loss) record.
The Regens, meanwhile, have dropped their last two games against Boracay Rum and Café France, respectively.