Terrence Romeo says defense, not offense, needs to improve for GlobalPort to hang with contenders
Terrence Romeo finds a rare opening in the Ginebra defense as he needed 24 attempts to end up with 25 points in the GlobalPort loss. Jerome Ascano

TERRENCE Romeo was quick to give credit to Ginebra’s play on both ends after GlobalPort suffered a 108-124 beatdown on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the PBA Governors Cup.

The shifty combo guard got his numbers, finishing with 25 points and nine assists but had to bleed for every single shot as he had to put up 24 attempts.

Ginebra basically forced Romeo to tough angles and contested shots by often times putting Justin Brownlee on him, with the Gin Kings’ twin towers waiting as help defenders in the paint.

“Iniisip ko kung maghi-hit yung shot ko sa labas, mas mapapadali sa akin. Kaso talagang off 'yung tira ko sa labas eh. Kasi 'yung depensa nila, kapag nasa akin 'yung bola, 'yung apat nagko-collapse, so mahirap sa akin na drumive,” said Romeo after the match.

“Talagang hat's off sa lahat ng player ng Ginebra kasi ang ganda ng laro nila, ang ganda ng ball movement nila, ang ganda rin ng depensa nila,” he added.

But the former UAAP MVP was quick to point out that it wasn’t their offense that was lacking – it was their defense which let them down.

For the game, GInebra made 47 of their 87 attempts good for 54 percent. They were as accurate from beyond the arc making 9-of-18 attempts from long range.

For Romeo, that led to their demise against a Ginebra team that was looking to bounce back from a 78-93 loss at the hands of Meralco.

“Tingin ko sa depensa. Doon kami pinaka nag-kulang. Hindi ko gaanong ma-assess ngayon, pero pag napanood ko 'yung replay, doon ko makikita. Pero depensa talaga ang pinaka-factor ng game,” Romeo said.  

“Kasi sa offense kahit papano, may mga time na kaya naming umiskor. Pero pag nagkaka-run sila, as in tuloy-tuloy 'yung run nila, hindi kami maka-stop. So, yun.”

Romeo was also quick to set the loss aside as he will be looking for ways to be better moving forward. 

It’s just the third game of the conference for them after all – and with a solid import in Murphey Holloway and a determined coach in Franz Pumaren, Romeo is still confident that they can go places if they learn from losses like this.

“At least learning process para sa amin. Kung ano ang mga mali namin, kailangan ma-improve namin,” Romeo continued.

“Hindi natin masabi, malay mo makaharap ulit namin sila, or sa mga next na game namin, kung mangyari ulit 'yung ganoong sitwasyon na maganda ang laro ng kabila, hindi pupwede na masama 'yung laro namin palagi, aasa na lang kami na maghahabol. Kailangan, kung maganda 'yung laro nila, mapantayan din namin tapos magkatalo na lang sa huli.” 

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