IN the eyes of Globalport team owner Mikee Romero, there is no doubt rookie Terrence Romeo is one hell of a player.
Then again, Romero said the high-scoring guard out of Far Eastern University needs to learn to play under the team concept of the Batang Pier and not just rely on his one-on-one skills.
“Eh si Terrence ma-one on one. Ayaw ko ng sistema ng ganun eh, gusto ko umiikot muna ang bola,” said Romero who was all smiles after the Batang Pier won their first back-to-back wins in PBA franchise history after escaping past Rain or Shine, 90-88, Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
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“(TerrenceRomeo) scored 27 and 34 points, pero both games, talo kami. He scored two and four points, pero panalo kami. That doesn’t mean di namin siya kailangan, pero he has to work around the system. I believe magma-mature din naman siya eh, 20 years old pa lang siya." - GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero
“Terrence has his minutes now, but he has to work within the system, kasi di na ito college.”
The sportsman-businessman likewise stressed one-on-one plays do not fit into the long-term identity the young franchise is trying to build.
“Sabi ko nga, if di makasunod ang mga players, kahit star players or rookies, iupo na nila (coaching staff),” he said.
But Romero made it known Romeo will always have a place in Globalport’s roster, acknowledging the offensive skills of the No. 4 overall pick in the last draft is a definitely a big help to the team.
He noted how the dip in Romeo’s personal scoring of four and two points against Meralco and Rain or Shine translated to wins for the Batang Pier.
“He (Romeo) scored 27 and 34 points, pero both games, talo kami. He scored two and four points, pero panalo kami. That doesn’t mean di namin siya kailangan, pero he has to work within the system. I believe magma-mature din naman siya eh, 20 years old pa lang siya,” explained the Globalport owner.
The win over the Elasto Painters was the second in three days for the Batang Pier, a result which Romero attributes to their constant evaluation with the coaching staff led by interim coach Ritchie Ticzon.
“Malaking bagay kasi yung talo naming back-to-back against Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text, because after that, ang tagal namin sa dugout. Sabi ko, we have to change a lot of things and start enforcing the system both offensively and defensively,” Romero confided to Spin.ph on Sunday.
At 3-3, Romero feels the team has lot to improve on, but with the experience his rookies are getting every game, from Romeo, RR Garcia to Justin Chua, he is convinced they have a strong chance at marching into the playoffs.
“Ngayon nag-te-take charge na yung dalawa,” Romeo said, referring to veterans Sol Mercado and Jay Washington.
“But it’s a team eh. We also need Terrence, RR, and Justin. We need the rookies. Tingin ko, we’ll be formidable when the veterans and the rookies natuto na maglaro as one.”