TERRENCE Romeo said his 30-point outburst in GlobalPort’s breakthrough 105-97 win over Talk ‘N Text was not just plain luck, but a product of hard work and determination.
The former UAAP MVP admitted the past four games where he averaged just 4.7 points on 15 percent shooting had been rough. But instead of sulking, Romeo said he worked on his shot and studied game tapes in a bid to rediscover his scoring touch.
“Nung nangyari yung mga bagay na 'yun (shooting slump), mas ginawa ko na mag-extra shooting ako. Mas maaga ako sa gym, nagja-jogging ako, saka pinilit ko to be in shape,” the sophomore GlobalPort guard said.
“Iyung ginagawa sa akin na depensa, pinagaaralan ko. Worth it naman yung ginawa ko.”
Against Talk ‘N Text, the former Far Eastern University Tamaraw said it wasn't easy trying to score against top defenders like Ryan Reyes, Jayson Castro and even rookie Fil-Am Matt Ganuelas Rosser, a noted perimeter defender since his PBA D-League days.
But instead of trying to do his own thing, the 5-foot-11 guard chose to stay within the team’s game plan.
“Di mo kasi puwede ma-scout yung bawat isa lang dahil every player kasi sa kanila, kaya magpanalo ng game. Pero ang kagandahan lang, nung crucial ang game kahit sa fourth quarter na, nag-stick lang kami sa game plan, same page lang kami hanggang matapos,” he added.
By acting as decoy in two crucial sequences late in the game, the flamboyant GlobalPort guard made two assists to set up Ronjay Buenafe and Alex Cabagnot, part of a 16-6 windup that took the fight out of the Tropang Texters.
“Malaking dagdag kumpiyansa ito, kasi yung tinalo namin, ilang beses na nag-champion sa PBA,” said the 22-year-old sophomore.