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    Terrence Romeo assures he'll always answer Gilas call if healthy

    Jun 27, 2019
    PHOTO: Terrence Romeo

    TERRENCE Romeo would love to wear the Gilas Pilipinas colors again.

    The prolific San Miguel scorer reiterated that representing the Philippines in international competitions will always be a tremendous privilege not just for him but for every Filipino basketball player.

    "Gustong-gusto ko maglaro sa Gilas. Yun ang pangarap ko at pangarap ng lahat ng basketball players eh," the flamboyant guard told SPIN.ph.

    Not a few fans have floated the name of Romeo as a possible replacement for longtime starting guard Jayson Castro, twice adjudged as the best point guard of Asia who begged off from selection for the 2019 Fiba World Cup.

    As of last week, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick comprise coach Yeng Guiao's guard rotation in his pool.

    However, Romeo said an ankle injury won't allow him to play even if called up.

    "Ngayon, nagsa-suffer ako sa injury ko. If ever ngayon ako ma-invite, wala talaga akong maitutulong sa Gilas," said Romeo, who continued to nurse an inflammed Achilles tendon on his left foot, which has prevented him from suiting up for the Beermen this 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

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    Romeo has only played two games in the Asian qualifiers of the World Cup, missing the first two windows due to a knee injury.

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    He averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 assists in those two outings, the last of which was against Australia back in July last year where he played a part in the now-infamous brawl, earning him a three-game suspension from Fiba.

    Guiao also did not call up Romeo in the sixth and final window of the qualifiers, when he would have been cleared from his ban.

    The 27-year-old, however, vowed to be ready for the national team once he returns to full health and, of course, if an invite comes his way.

    "Pag naging healthy ako, pag nagkaroon ako at bigyan nila ako ng chance mag-try out, sasali ako," he said, expressing his faith in the current players on Guiao's pool. "I'm sure kaya naman nila at magpe-prepare sila ng mabuti para sa parating na World Cup."

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