Terrence Romeo surprised to win MVP plum, admits Abueva energy the catalyst for North All-Stars win
Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva stood out for the North All-Stars. Jerome Ascano

PUERTO PRINCESA - Terrence Romeo admitted he was surprised to find himself winning the MVP award in the 2015 PBA All-Star game shortly after the North pulled off a thrilling 166-161 victory over the South on Sunday at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.

Although Romeo scored 30 points and knocked down two huge three-pointers in the fourth period to trigger the North’s comeback, the GlobalPort shooting guard said it was teammate Calvin Abueva’s boundless energy and hustle that gave them the much-needed lift.

“Wala kang po-problemahin kay Abueva, kasi tumatakbo siya saka kung libre ka, papasahan ka niya saka re-rebound ng bola,” Romeo said after a memorable maiden appearance in the midseason classic.

“Talagang napapagaan trabaho namin pag nandun si Abueva.”

The 6-foot-1 Abueva, who netizens felt deserved to win the All-Star MVP trophy, came away with a near triple-double performance of 37 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists for the North.

Romeo, who just two days ago dropped 50 points in the Sophomores’ 131-150 loss to the Rookies, also credited veteran North guards like Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio and Paul Lee for giving him the confidence to take charge during the second half.

“Hindi ko makukuha ang MVP kung di dahil sa mga teammates ko lalo na kina kuya LA, kuya Jayson saka kuya Paul, sila kasi ang mga guwardya,” he said.

But more than anything else, the former Far Eastern University guard felt the North and South teams accomplished their mission of giving the Palawenos a treat in this weekend’s festivities.

“Maganda ang All-Star ngayon. Kitang kita niyo naman na napasaya namin ang mga tao,” said Romeo, who is turning 23 next week.

“Saka kahit mainit ang gym, walang tigil ang pagsigaw nila. Pumunta kami dito para pasayahin sila.”

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