James Yap believes Terrence Romeo can replace him as 'face of the PBA'
Terrence Romeo knocked down a career-best eight three-pointers and made 16 of his 30 shots overall for a solid 53.3 percent from the field, in scoring a career-high 44 points. Jaime Campos

IT was one of those nights when you’re simply in the zone where everything you throw up finds the bottom of the net.

James Yap reminded everyone that he once felt what Terrence Romeo had on Sunday night when the GlobalPort superstar exploded for a career-high 44 points to lead his team to a 117-99 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Romeo also knocked down a career-best eight three-pointers and made 16 of his 30 shots overall for a solid 53.3 percent from the field, and all but one of his five three-throw attempts – while also keeping his teammates involved with six assists, along with six boards, and two steals in 37 minutes.

“Pag ganun kataas an kumpiyansa mo, kahit sinong bumantay sa’yo, wala kang pakialam,” Yap said. “Nakikita ko si Terrence, sobrang relax na maglaro so ibig sabihin nun ‘yung kumpiyansa niya sobrang taas. I’m sure pinapabayaan lang siya ni coach Franz na, ‘Sige ilabas mo lang ang laro mo.’ I’m sure na ganun ang treatment sa kanya ngayon.”

“Nag-deliver naman siya kaya mahirap bantayan ang mga ganung players kasi ‘yung kumpiyansa sobrang taas,” he added.

“And alam ko ‘yung feeling na ganun sa nilalaro niya na sobrang taas ang kumpiyansa niya,” the two-time league MVP continued.

[See Terrence Romeo sizzling hot in GlobalPort victory]

A decade ago, Yap fired a career-high 41 points in a game for Purefoods in 2007, coincidentally, against Welcoat, then the name of his new team.

Asked if he sees in Romeo someone who can replace him as the future face of the league, Yap agreed.

“Well, for me, sa nilalaro ni Terrence ngayon, I think future siya,” Yap said. “Masaya naman ako kung si Terrence ang papalit na face of the PBA.”

“Sana madala niya ‘yung team niya sa championship,” the seven-time champion was quick to add. “Yun naman ang pinaka-importante dun.” 

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