AS Globalport fired a warning over personality conflicts among players, RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo realize the need to work together to achieve in the pros what they failed to accomplish as college teammates.
The two former Far Eastern University Tamaraws both won MVP awards in college but always came up short of leading the Tamaraws to the title amid talk that they failed to get along.
Now the two have a chance to complete the unfinished business in the pro ranks.
Global Port picked Romeo fifth pick in the PBA draft on Sunday, then made Garcia the sixth overall pick, keeping together a backcourt pairing that was formidable on paper but never actually clicked in the collegiate level.
The Batang Pier then issued a warning to their new acquisitions just after the draft, with team owner Mikee Romero stressing that personality conflicts or chemistry issues have no place in the team.
Romeo, who has forgone his final year with the Tams to put in his last-minute application for this year's draft, admits there are still a lot of things to improve between him and Garcia.
"Ganoon pa rin kailangan mag-improve pareho, kailangan namin magtulungan para makatulong kami. Nasa iisang team pa rin kami," said Romeo, who once scored 82 points in the UAAP juniors basketball.
Garcia was the top UAAP player in 2010, while Romeo is the reigning MVP.
"Syempre ’yun naman ang goal, 'di na kami nag-champion sa UAAP, dapat ngayon dito sa PBA sana mag-champion na," said Garcia.