TERRENCE Romeo was glad his Gilas Pilipinas teammates had his back after admitting he was not in top game shape for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship.
The national team playmaker showed flashes of brilliance and long-range sniping – still enough to draw the loudest cheers from the pro-Filipino crowd and photo requests from his opponents throughout the weeklong tournament.
But Romeo admitted he was frustrated early on in the 97-64 win over Indonesia on Thursday when he missed his first few three-point attempts - all wide open.
“Oo, normal sa’kin yun (frustration). Kasalanan ko rin kasi hirap talaga maglaro ng wala sa shape,” Romeo said as he recovered from typhoid fever in the offseason and juggling his hoops career and lovelife after recently getting engaged with his partner he has yet to introduce to the public.
Romeo contributed just six points on 2-of-9 shooting and two assists, and committed two turnovers in just 13 minutes off the bench against the Indonesians.
Good thing, Andray Blatche lived up to lofty expectations and the rest of the locals picked up the slack in leading the Nationals to reclaiming the Seaba crown.
“Ang importante naman team effort eh, so mahalaga, lahat kami maganda yung pinakita, nagutulungan kami, so yun ang pinakaimportante dun,” Romeo said. “Hindi na mahalaga kung sino yung offline, sino yung magandang laro. Ang importante lahat kami magtulungan as a team.
Now, the GlobalPort superstar is looking forward to facing tougher opposition in the Fiba Asia Cup, particularly world beater Australia.
“Oo, kung papalarin na mapapasama pa sa lineup, talagang excited ako,” Romeo admitted. “Excited ako para maglaro para sa bayan, para makatulong sa team.”