TERRENCE Romeo felt like a kid in the first day of school after making his first appearance in the Gilas 5.0 practice on Monday night at Meralco gym in Ortigas Avenue.
The GlobalPort star missed the national team’s first two practice sessions due to typhoid fever and is just starting to regain match fitness.
“Oo ganon ang pakiramdam. Siguro kung hindi ako nawala sa kundisyon, baka mas malapit ng konti. Hindi parang first day of school ako ulit,” said the prolific guard after the practice that lasted two-and-a-half hours.
Romeo admitted that it was hard for him to get back to his usual energetic self, saying he barely touched a basketball in the time he was forced to recuparate at home.
“Typhoid fever, akala ko noong una, parang normal na lagnat lang tapos nag-aano na ako, nagsimula na akong dumumi tapos one week naka-dextrose lang ako,” he recalled.
“So ang hirap ng ganoon na wala ka taalgang ginagawa eh. Before noon one week na naka-dextrose ako, naka-rest na ako hindi na ako nakakahawak ng bola,” he added.
Although he has already returned to action with GlobalPort, the former Far Eastern University ace knows he’s still has a long way to go before regaining top form.
“Sobrang dami ko pang gustong ipakita this coming tournaments, kaso ayun nga medyo nawala ako sa kundisyo so back to zero,” he said.
“Pero hindi naman ibig sabihin na mag-stop ako doon and kung saan ang maabot ng pagbabalik ko, sa kundisyon ibibigay ko ang best ko,” he added.