IF you noticed a major change in Terrence Romeo's aura in the game against the Alaska Aces on Friday, it's because he has already patched things up with his dad.
The high-scoring GlobalPort rookie made no effort to deny that his rift with father William became an added burden in his last two games where he slumped to a 2.5-point average - 20 points below his league-best scoring norm in the Batang Pier's first three games.
But he was back to his best on Friday night after settling his differences with his dad.
"Okay na kami (ng father ko). Nag-usap na kami kahapon," said the pride of Imus, Cavite of his nearly month-long misunderstanding with his dad.
The 21-year-old former FEU King Tamaraw declined to give details of the misunderstanding, but close friends hinted it has something to do with the older Romeo's intention to guide the career of his son.
"Medyo nagkaroon lang ng misunderstanding yung dalawa... syempre alam mo na... aggressive at bata si Terrence, tapos yung tatay siyempre gusto siyang hilahin ang tali sa leeg. Nagkaroon ng di pagkakaunawaan," bared Nino Reyes, Romeo's agent.
A day after they buried the hatchet, Romeo's guns went ablaze once more, as he scored 21 points to complement fellow star guard Sol Mercado's game-high 26 in leading Globalport to a 94-84 win over the slumping Aces.
"Gumanda po yung laro ko kasi nag adjust na po ako ng game, pero syempre malaking bagay din na nagkasundo na kami ulit ng father ko," Romeo told Spin.ph as he hurried out of the locker room to attend to his day's most important meeting.
Father and son were to share an after-the-game dinner hosted by Reyes, who also served to bridge the gap between the two.
It is no a secret that Romeo was inspired to play basketball by his dad, a frustrated PBA player who admired Living Legend Robert Jaworski so much that he convinced his son to wear the Big J's iconic No. 7 jersey.
And now that Romeo's old swagger is back, the 2013 fifth overall pick hopes that his game will continue to flourish as he strives to carve his niche in the most prestigious league in the country.
"Basta ang pangako ko, mas lalo kong pag-iigihan ang laro ko. Alam ko na ngayon kung paano humanap ng paraan to be aggressive. Dati kasi kapag nabantayan ako, nagre-relax ako," he said.
"Saka marami pa akong pwedeng i-improve. Nagsisimula pa lang naman po ako," Romeo added.