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    As defenses focus on him, Romeo stays sharp with extra training under skills coach

    Dec 15, 2013

    DESPITE standing out in his first three weeks as a pro, Globalport's flamboyant guard Terrence Romeo is not about to rest on his laurels.

    The reigning UAAP MVP in fact is devoting his time after practice to extra training with his personal skills coach as he looks to maintains his razor-sharp form while opposing defenses focus on him more.

    "Kung malapit na ang game, nagla-light lang po ako sa skills training. Pero kung matagal pa ang laro, pumupukpok ako sa extra training," the celebrated rookie told Spin.ph on Sunday.

    The 5-11 Romeo credits the improvements in his game to new skills coach Martin Antonio, a former PBA D-League campaigner-turned-trainer who works with the former Far Eastern University star after his regular practice with GlobalPort.

    "Sinasabi sa akin ni coach Marts yung mga ginagawa ko dati na kailangan ko pang i-improve. Eh malaking bagay din po 'yun sa laro ko ngayon," he added.

    Antonio, a 6'5" former San Beda Red Lion forward, said he usually breaks down game tapes of Romeo, then works on improving certain areas of the rookie guard's game to ensure he gets better every day.

    The extra work is paying off.

    Romeo currently averages 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists, helping lead Globalport to a franchise-best three straight wins last week and a 4-3 (win-loss) record in its second season in the pro league. 

    Romeo has also shown early what he can do offensively after exploding for a career-high 34 points in Globalport's 114-100 win over Air21 and 27 points in a shootfest against Ginebra's superstar Mark Caguioa.

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