Terrence Romeo ready to fight for spot in new Gilas side against young turks
“Hangga’t may opportunity na maglaro para sa bansa, maglalaro ako,” says Terrence Romeo. “Yun yung pinaka-mindset ko." Jaime Campos

TERRENCE Romeo is cherishing the opportunity to still have the chance to play for Gilas Pilipinas with the league and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) finally reaching an agreement to still loan pros to the national pool.

The 24-year-old PBA superstar, who has only started representing the country last year, is eager to compete for spots against his younger Gilas cadet counterparts ahead of the tournaments in the new Fiba calendar next year.

“Excited na ako,” Romeo said on Monday night during the launch of the national team’s partnership with Chooks to Go. “Sana palarin pa rin ako na makapaglaro para sa bansa kasi habang bata ka pa, yun ang pangarap mo, kasi pag tumanda ka na, gustuhin mo man mag-represent ng bansa, hirap ka na.

“Hangga’t may opportunity na maglaro para sa bansa, maglalaro ako,” he added. “Yun yung pinaka-mindset ko.”

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That wouldn’t have been possible if the PBA and SBP failed to reach an agreement requiring each PBA team to loan one player each to the national pool for international tournaments.

But once the youngest in the team, Romeo is now up against younger candidates from the Gilas cadets.

“Masaya kami na nandun pa rin kami at may chance makipag-compete sa mga bata sa amin,” the GlobalPort franchise player said.

“At the end of the day, lahat naman ng player ang gusto is makapaglaro sa bansa eh,” he added. “Kung sino yung mga papalarin at mapipili, maganda sama-sama lahat ng Pilipino, susuportahan naman namin. Alam natin lahat eh, so ibibigay namin yung best namin at puso namin.”

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