TAKE it from someone who knows how to stay cool in the middle of a tension-filled situation.
Arwind Santos, who, apart from other recent commotions, stayed calm when teammate Renaldo Balkman choked him a few years ago, hopes current San Miguel Beer teammate Terrence Romeo would learn how to keep his emotions in check in the middle of a heated situation.
Romeo blew his top on Friday night, getting ejected halfway through the fourth quarter of SMB’s 108-101 win over Magnolia in Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals after two straight technical fouls for disrespectfully addressing a referee Peter Balao over a hard foul committed against him by Mark Barroca.
Santos was among those who tried to restrain Romeo – initially to no avail.
“Ang problema kay Terrence pagka umuusok 'yung ilong, pati tenga umuusok eh, di nakakarinig minsan,” Santos said. “Kaya kanina sinabihan ko siya tapos bumalik pa siya sa referee, nagsalita siya ng ano, narinig pa ng referee.”
“Kung pwede nga lang takpan ko yung bibig niya pero di talaga eh, narinig na ng referee,” he added. “Wala na 'ko nagawa. 'Di ko na mababawi.”
Santos, though, knows where Romeo is coming from, having been involved in previous altercations, including with current teammate Marcio Lassiter when Romeo was still with TNT KaTropa.
“Si Terrence naman kasi talagang may ganun ata siyang emosyon, di niya mapigilan,” Santos said. “Kanina nung na-technical siya nung una, inis na inis siya, nag-iba na kaagad yung emotion niya, nagalit kaagad siya - akala nga nung referee sasapakin siya kasi umilag yung referee ng ganon e.
“May sinabi talaga na bad word si Terrence kaya siya tinechnical,” he admitted. “Pero sana wala siyang suspension, kahit papano siyempre si Terrence malaking bagay pa rin yan, makakatulong pa rin sa team yan.”
Santos has an advice to his volatile teammate, who’s searching for that elusive first PBA championship.
“Ang request ko lang kay Terrence, kailangan yung emotions niya mapigilan niya sa mga ganung sitwasyon, lalo na lamang naman kami, panalo na tayo, dapat wag nang kahit papaano negative vibes yan sa team,” Santos said.
The Beermen were enjoying a 96-80 lead when the incident happened.