Romeo not affected by critics of his shooting tendencies: 'Di naman sila makakatulong sa'kin'
Terrence Romeo says listening to haters won’t do him any good. Marlo Cueto  

ANTIPOLO – Terrence Romeo refused to be affected by people who criticize him for being 'trigger happy,' insisting he has to take those shots to get back to the level and rhythm that made him a three-time PBA scoring champion.

In just his second game for TNT KaTropa, the new Texters star appeared to already settle in as he fired a season-high 21 points, including three triples, in 27 minutes as a starter in their 106-98 win over Phoenix in the Commissioner's Cup.

But the flamboyant playmaker took a game-high 19 attempts to reach his total – making just seven for a sub-par 36.8 percent.

“Madami pa rin kailangan i-improve. Ang dami kong mga poor shots pa rin eh,” Romeo admitted. “Kasi kailangan ko rin naman i-tira eh, wala ako magagawa. Kailangan ko din kasi itira yun eh. Wala na ako pakialam kung ano isipin ng ibang tao na forced shot.”

“Nagiging forced shot lang naman pag sablay para sa’kin, pero pag na-shoot yun, wala naman sila masasabi, tatahimik sila lahat,” he added. “Kung hindi ko ititira yun, hindi ko mararating yung gusto kong level, kung ano yung gusto... paano ko mababalik yung dati.”

Romeo believes that listening to haters won’t do him any good.

“Kasi pagka hinayaan ko lang na makinig ako sa sasabihin ng ibang tao na ah buwaya, tira ng tira ...pagkanagpa-apekto ako dun sa mga ganung tao, kumabaga wala naman akong pake sa kanila at ‘di naman sila makakatulong sakin,” the 26-year-old combo guard said.

“So gagawin ko lang yung tingin ko na makakatulong para sa career ko,” he added. “So yun yung naiisip ko eh, sabi ko ititira ko pa rin yung mga dati kong tinitira, para mapag-aralan ko din kung bakit di ko nasho-shoot, kung dati nasho-shoot ko siya. Pag di ko kasi ginawa, di naman ako magi-improve.”

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Romeo insisted he still has a long way to go before getting back to tip-top shape after playing in just his fourth game this season following his recovery from a knee injury.

“Para sa’kin, wala pa rin ako dun sa dati, kumbaga siguro swerte lang ngayon,” the former UAAP MVP said. “Dapat makuha ko yung ano, yung pag nakadikit na ako sa laro ni kuya Jayson (Castro). Kasi siya sobrang composed eh, talagang sobrang control na yung game.”

“Hindi ako titigil din sa pagtatanong sa kanya kung paano yung ganun para maka-adjust ako,” he added.

Good thing, Romeo also has a coach in Nash Racela who just lets him do his thing.

“Si coach naman kasi sobrang tiwala ako,” Romeo said. “Alam niya paano gamit yung mga player niya, alam niya kung paano basahin yung court, kung sino yung good combinations. Kahit anong minutes ibigay sakin ni coach, okay lang sa’kin.”

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