TERRENCE Romeo insisted he has yet to show his true form despite putting up a solid performance in GlobalPort’s 105-91 overtime win over Barako Bull on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Still recovering from a flu, the Batang Pier star was given a cap on his playing time, but nevertheless managed to put up his usual numbers.
“Hindi ba halata (may sakit)?” asked Romeo, who registered 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, four assists, and three boards in 28 minutes.
“Wala pa,” the flamboyant playmaker continued. “Actually, hindi pa talaga yun (yung laro ko). Hindi sa pagmamayabang, pero alam ko may ipapakita pa ako.”
Still, Romeo hardly looked ill as he waxed hot in overtime, firing eight points - two more than the Energy’s entire output in the extra session.
“Importante, kailangan mo maging professional kahit may nararamdaman ka,” the 23-year-old cager said. “Dapat focused ka sa game. Kailangan buo pa rin yung loob mo.”
Romeo remained grateful for coach Pido Jarencio for cutting him some slack after missing two practices, returning only on the eve of the game against the Energy.
“Alam naman natin si coach Pido concerned sa players niya kaya pinapahinga niya ako at kino-control niya yung minutes ko,” the Gilas Pilipinas rookie sensation said. “Tapos ginagamit naman niya ako kung alam niyang kailangan niya ako.”
Jarencio is not surprised by Romeo’s solid showing despite having a flu.
“Tinatantsa ko nga eh, siguro gifted talaga. Talented yung bata,” Jarencio said. “Tsaka yung desire niya manalo, kaya makikita mo yung intensity nandun.”