THEY have contrasting styles, widely different personalities. And if you believe the chatter in college basketball circles, they never got along in all their years together at Far Eastern University.
At GlobalPort, Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia are at least learning that if they are to go places, they need to co-exist.
Romeo is the cold-blooded gunner who is always on attack mode on offense and rarely sees a shot he doesn't like; Garcia is the composed playmaker whose game is mature beyond his years.
The two first-round draft picks have wasted no time in making their marks in the PBA while finding their niche in a revamped GlobalPort roster, thanks to varying styles that somehow complement one another.
The two are also saying the right things.
"Laking tulong po talaga ni RR sa akin. Kasi mautak na player po siya eh. Alam niya kung paano ako at mga teammates namin hahanapin," said Romeo said of his former teammate at Far Eastern University.
Garcia, for his part, praised Romeo for creating situations on the floor for himself and for the team just by being himself.
"Malaking bagay doon kasi yung ginagawa ni Terrence. Nagco-collapse kasi sa kanya ang depensa, kaya nagiging madali sa akin mag-distribute ng bola sa iba," said the Batang Pier's rookie point guard.
"Isa po talaga siya sa dahilan kung bakit maganda ang takbo ng team," added the former Gilas cadet.
GlobalPort coach Ritchie Ticzon has also learned to harness the full potential of his 'Fire and Ice' pair by making sure Romeo doesn't get in the way of Garcia and vice versa.
"Alam na nila ang value nila sa team. Terrence is more of an aggressive scorer and attcker, RR is more of a cool point guard who thinks well on the court," said GlobalPort's rookie coach.
Ticzon also swears he has yet to see even a trace the animosity between Garcia and Romeo which, according to reports, soured their quest for a championship with the Tamaraws.
"OK sila dito. Hindi sila nag aaway. At lalong hindi ko nakikita rito yung sinasabi nila na parang cold treatment nila sa isa't isa," said Ticzon.
The two rookies have in fact learned the art of give and take.
"Dating po namin, ako taga atake. Tapos si RR ang taga kalma," said the 21-year-old Romeo.
Garcia added: "Ganun lang naman, give and take. Pag di kaya ni Terrence, pasa ko sa iba. Kapag mainit siya... kanya ang bola."
The harmony has in fact started to reflect in the two's games.
Despite the ups and downs, Romeo has this early established himself as one of the top contenders for the Rookie of the Year award while Garcia has all but put a lock on the starting point guard spot at GlobalPort.
Ticzon said his two freshmen's sensational games have made them popular among fans - and grew the sophomore team's following by several folds in the process.
"Malaking bagay ang hatak nila na fans sa amin. Alam naman natin na college days pa lang nila, madami na silang fans," said Ticzon, himself a former PBA player.
"I am happy that they are easily adopting to their roles. RR is a very good point guard, Terrence is a versatile scorer. They co-exist perfectly."