GLOBALPORT rookie guard Terrence Romeo was quick to admit his first foray as a pro gave him a load of lessons of which he’ll try to build on for the rest of his first season in the PBA.
“Sobrang dami kong natutunan, marami akong puwedeng i-improve ngayon (off season),” Romeo said, moments after the Batang Pier took a quick playoff exit on Wednesday following the team’s 96-106 quarterfinal loss to Rain or Shine at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The former Far Eastern University star said mental toughness is something he will have to develop as he continues to grow in the pro league.
The 21-year-old freshman actually disclosed he received an earful from Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao during the course of the game, especially after nailing back-to-back corner triples in front of the Elasto Painters’ bench in the first half
“Kung ano-ano sinasabi ni coach Yeng pero di ko na lang pinapakinggan,” Romeo said.
“Di ko na lang din sasabihin sa inyo, pero on court normal lang yung ganun. Off court mataas pa rin respeto ko kay coach Yeng,” he added.
Romeo also disclosed how surprised he was when Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee approached him at the end of the game and gave him a piece of advice as he faces a long conference break.
“Pinayuhan pa ako ni Paul (Lee) kung ano ang dapat kong gawin. Parang sinabi niya sa akin na kailangan ko matutunan kelan pumasa saka kelan umiskor, which is, nung sinabihan niya ako that time, tumaas pa ang respeto ko sa kanya kasi concerned din pala siya,” explained last year’s UAAP Most Valuable Player.
Romeo and Lee actually had some verbal exchange during Globalport’s 87-98 loss to Rain or Shine last January 6, a game that saw the Batang Pier rookie gunner shot an atrocious 2-of-10 from the field.
Romeo said he’ll be taking a week off before resuming his personal training as he tries to bulk up and prepare in time for the March 7 opening of the import-laced Commissioner’s Cup