TERRENCE Romeo may have had the last laugh in his virtual shootout against Jimmy Alapag on Wednesday, but the GlobalPort guard believes he still has a lot to learn from his Meralco counterpart.
Romeo pumped in a game-high 33 points, including 12 in the payoff period to lead the Batang Pier in their 108-104 win over the Bolts in the Philippine Cup.
That also negated Alapag’s own explosion that saw him fire 15 of his 18 points in the final frame, including four three-pointers and most from way beyond the arc.
“Iba pa rin yung Kuya Jimmy,” the 23-year-old Romeo said of the former league MVP. “Hindi mo pa rin pwede ikumpara yun. Si Kuya Jimmy, para sa akin, sobrang layo na (ng naabot) nun.”
“Sabi ko nga sa kanya, yung ginawa niya nung huli, gusto ko ituro niya sa akin,” he added. “Hindi ko akalain na titira siya ng ganun kalayo. Tapos pag mga crucial game, gusto ko matutunan kung paano siya maging composed.”
It seems Romeo is headed in the right direction as Alapag revealed he sees a lot of himself in the flamboyant Batang Pier playmaker.
“He reminds me a lot of myself in his work ethic,” the 37-year-old court general revealed. “He really understands what it takes to be great. He really uses every day to continue to get better. You see it in his physical appearance and his ability. That’s a credit to him for all the work that he puts in.”
“I was really excited to see him during this PBA season because I knew that Gilas experience would only make him better. And it has,” he added of his momentary Gilas teammate.
That has greatly contributed to Romeo’s rise to becoming the league’s biggest stars, Alapag said.
“Terrence is one of the guys in the league that is part of the present and he’ll be the future,” said the former league MVP. “He’ll continue to raise the bar for the next guards who come in seven, eight years from now.”