Terrence Romeo on Tony Parker: 'Sobrang composed, (always) three steps ahead'
The on-court battle with France star guard Tony Parker is Terrence Romeo's biggest takeaway from the Fiba OQT. Jaime Campos

MATCHING up with France star Tony Parker remained the silver lining for Terrence Romeo despite Gilas Pilipinas' gloomy exit in the ongoing Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The GlobalPort star said he will cherish the experience of playing against Parker, adding he saw with his own eyes how a world champion commands control of a game.

The San Antonio Spurs star scored 21 points for France in its 93-84 win over Gilas Pilipinas. There was also one instance where Parker blew past Romeo to score a lay-up for the Les Bleus.

But Romeo had his moments as well, finishing with 19 points. More importantly, the flamboyant guard learned plenty of lessons from facing Parker and he hopes to apply what he learned to his personal growth as a player.

“Sobrang composed siya maglaro,” said Romeo, when asked what he admired most from Parker. “Sobrang beterano. Kumbaga, two steps, three steps ahead siya. ‘Yun ang gusto kong matutunan. Gusto kong i-prove na someday, maa-achieve ko rin ‘yung ganun.”

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The night after Gilas Pilipinas lost to France, the host team was booted out of the Fiba Olympic qualifiers after losing to New Zealand. Just like everyone in Gilas, Romeo was also left stunned by the result of the match.

“Talagang sobrang tulala ako. Sobrang lungkot. Siyempre, nilagay ko lang sa isip ko ‘yung pagkakamali ko at mga dapat kong matutunan. ‘Yun ang magtatagal sa akin,” said Romeo.

Romeo was also thankful for the unforgettable experience.

“Sobrang pasalamat ako sa coaching staff kasi malaki ‘yung naitulong nila sa akin at sa team. Hindi man natin na-reach ‘yung goal namin, alam namin sa mga puso namin na binigay namin ‘yung best,” Romeo said.

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