TERRENCE Romeo and Ronjay Buenafe tormented Talk ‘N Text with their long bombs down the stretch to lead GlobalPort to a breakthrough 105-97 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 5-11 Romeo snapped out of a shooting slump by scoring a game-high 30 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, combining with the sweet-shooting Buenafe for all but 13 of the team’s 35 fourth-quarter points.
The two each had four three-pointers inside the final four minutes, presiding over a blazing 16-6 windup that enabled the Mikee Romero-owned franchise to put away its first win against Talk 'N Text since joining the pro league in 2012.
“Sabi ko sa mga players, just believe, maniwala lang, saka kung ano game plan namin, sumunod lang sila,” said a beaming GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio after the Batang Pier's fourth win in seven games in the season-opening conference.
The Batang Pier connected on a franchise-best 15 three-pointers to send Talk 'N Text to a 4-3 card.
The hot-shooting night was Romeo’s way of reintroducing himself to the PBA fans, who wondered what had happened to the sophomore GlobalPort guard in his last four games.
Romeo actually opened the season with a 33-point output in GlobalPort’s 101-95 loss to NLEX, only to go on a long shooting slump that saw him average just 4.7 points on a frigid 15.7 percent shooting from the field.
“Inayos naming ang rotation namin, and then, Terrence is back,” Jarencio said proudly.
The Texters, who saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt, drew a season-high 24 points from Harvey Carey and 23 from Ranidel de Ocampo.
Talk ‘N Text sorely missed the services of Fil-Am forward Kelly Williams, who has been under the weather since last weekend.
GlobalPort 105 - Romeo 30, Pringle 13, Buenafe 13, Isip 13, Cabagnot 10, Taha 9, Jensen 8, Ponferada 4, Cabrera 3, Baclao 2, Pinto 0, de Ocampo 0, Caperal 0, Semerad 0.
Talk 'N Text 97 - Carey 24, De Ocampo 23, Castro 11, Reyes Ryan 9, Alapag 8, Washington 7, Rosser 6, Fonacier 5, Reyes Rob 4, Alas 0, Seigle 0, Aban 0, Espiritu 0, Aguilar 0.
Quarterscores: 24-16, 41-39, 70-76, 105-97