Urbiztondo has seen Yap, Caguioa up close. He expects nothing less from Romeo
“Masipag siya. He’s working hard everyday in the gym,” new GlobalPort player Josh Urbiztondo - a former teammate of James Yap at Star and Mark Caguioa at Ginebra - says of Terrence Romeo. 

JOSH Urbiztondo had the pleasure of working closely with the likes of former MVPs James Yap and Mark Caguioa in the past.

And now that he’s playing alongside rising star Terrence Romeo, there’s no doubt in his mind the Globalport top gunner is set to follow in the footsteps of the two PBA superstars.

It’s just going to be a matter of time before Romeo reaches that level, according to the veteran playmaker, signed by the Batang Pier as an unrestricted free agent in the current PBA Philippine Cup.

“He’s an outstanding kid and has a bright future ahead of him," said Urbiztondo of the 24-year-old Romeo, who he watched drop 35 big points against Barangay Ginebra in his first game with the team on the way to a 91-84 win that propelled the Batang Pier to a share of the top spot with Rain or Shine and defending champion San Miguel.

“Masipag siya. He’s working hard everyday in the gym.”

Urbiztondo played one full season with B-Meg (Star) and got the chance to win a championship with Yap during the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup. And while he didn’t enjoy the same success during his two-year stint with Ginebra, the veteran Fil-Am played with Caguioa while tending the backcourt for the Kings.

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Although Romeo is already a two-time league scoring champion, Urbiztondo still tries to guide the former UAAP MVP from Far Eastern University and take him under his wings.

“I’m trying to help him out as much as I can. Just trying to give my experience that I have in the league,“ said the 33-year-old native of San Francisco, California.

Urbiztondo also noted the great work ethic of Romeo, who he disclosed, comes to the gym hours before practice to do some shooting.


“I’m actually there with him trying to get shots up,” he said. “And he doesn’t get tired, bata pa e.”

So who’s the better shooter between the two, he was asked.

Urbiztondo let out a loud laugh, and said, “We compete in practice. It’s all fun and games, as long as we keep the shots that we both get better as individuals and as a team.”

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