Rivals Paul Lee, Terrence Romeo turn teammates after being named PBA All-Star reserves
Paul Lee of Rain or Shine and GlobalPort sophomore Terrence Romeo have figured in a couple of memorable shootouts on the floor. Jerome Ascano

PAUL Lee and Terrence Romeo have figured in a couple of memorable duels on the court.

Now they get to feel how it is to be on the same side.

Easily two of the most exciting players in the pro league today, Rain or Shine star Lee and sophomore Romeo of GlobalPort will get to team up for the North team in the PBA All-Star Game to be played on March 8 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Lee and Romeo were among 14 reserves who gained spots in the two teams after a poll among league coaches. They will join the starters who were voted in by fans as well as former Talk 'N Text star Jimmy Alapag, who will play his farewell game in the midseason classic as the South's '13th man.'

[See Thrash-talking Lee narrates how he got into Romeo's head]

Lee was one of four Rain or Shine players to get All-Star spots through the coaches' vote. The former UE star will be joined in the North team by Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood while another teammate, Bacolod pride Jeff Chan, will be suiting up for the South side.

Rounding out the North reserves are the Talk 'N Text duo of Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo and San Miguel Beer star Arwind Santos, the Finals MVP in the last Philippine Cup.

Joining Chan in the South bench are GlobalPort's Stanley Pringle - the top pick overall in the draft and the only rookie to make the All-Stars; Alaska's Cyrus Baguio and Dondon Hontiveros, Purefoods' Joe Devance and PJ Simon and Meralco forward Reynel Hugnatan.

They will be backing up a tall South starting five featuring 'Triple Towers' June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, Asi Taulava of NLEX and Greg Slaughter of Ginebra. Purefoods duo James Yap and Mark Barroca will form the starting backcourt.


[See Fajardo mulls playing point guard while playing alongside Slaughter, Taulava in All-Stars]

For the North, voted to start are Purefoods' Marc Pingris and Justin Melton, Alaska's Calvin Abueva, and the Ginebra pair of Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar.

Curiously, Philippine Cup champion San Miguel will only have two players in the All-Stars. Purefoods has the most number of representatives with six - including four starters - followed by Rain or Shine with four and Alaska and Ginebra with three each.

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