IT’S what happens between two people whose passion for winning is immeasurable.
Both Terrence Romeo and coach Pido Jarencio were quick to set aside their heated exchange of words witnessed on national television Tuesday night in the heat of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals game between GlobalPort and Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The shouting match occurred at the height of a big Hotshots’ third quarter run at the 3:00 mark shortly after Mark Barroca drained a three-pointer to finally give his team the lead, 54-53, after trailing by as many as 20 in the first half.
A fuming Romeo was seen being restrained by his teammates at the Globalport bench as he was exchanging some not-so-nice words with his coach during a timeout.
Romeo later shrugged off the incident, saying everything was just a ‘misunderstanding.’
“Alam mo naman si coach at tsaka ako pareho lang naman namin na gustong manalo,” said Romeo, finally calm and collected after the Batang Pier formally bowed out of contention for a semis berth following the 86-79 loss.
“Lahat naman yun para sa team. Gusto namin parehong manalo so meron lang siguro kaming hindi napagka-intindihan,” added the league’s three-time scoring champion, who finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but shot only 5-of-18 from the field and was 0-of-6 from three-point range.
Jarencio agreed with his star player.
“Alam mo yung ugali na gusto mong manalo, and yung bata winner din, medyo minsan nagkakaroon ng mainitan na diskusyunan, pero it’s part of the game,” he said.
“Pero walang issue na kung anuman,” added Jarencio. “Nagkasarapan lang.”
Romeo said he and Jarencio are very much okay after the game.
“Kung minsan nagmumukha lang na parang hindi gaano OK pero normal lang yun. Normal lang sa player and ganun din sa coaches,” said the GlobalPort gunner.
“Kahit ako wala akong galit kay coach or what. Alam naman natin na matagal ng nagko-coach si coach Pido at alam kong alam niya yung ginagawa niya.”
Jarencio did send Romeo back into the game following their episode on the bench, and the shooting guard responded positively as he connived with Stanley Pringle and trimmed down a 12-point Magnolia edge to 82-78 with a minute left in the game.
Unfortunately, the Batang Pier failed to sustain the rally as the second seeded Hotshots held on for the win and advance to the semifinals.
“It’s always a game of momentum. Nung nakuha nila yung momentum nila, yun na nakabuwelo sila. And siyempre kapag nakabuwelo yung team na yan, mabigat din, mahirap i-stop,” said Jarencio.
“Ang maganda roon lumalaban tayo. Andiyan tayo up until the end.”