SEOUL, South Korea – The inability to practice together is one concern for Terrence Romeo going to next week’s Fiba 3x3 World Tour in Tokyo, Japan.
The GlobalPort sophomore guard admitted that he and teammates KG Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos, and Rey Guevarra haven’t had the time to play with each other just 10 days before the October 11-12 meet.
At the earliest, Romeo said they will only start practicing as a team by the time the Batang Pier return to Manila following their week-long training here as part of their preparation for the 40th season of the PBA.
“May mga times na naglalaro naman kami, pero pagbalik ko pa lang sa Manila tsaka talaga kami mag-train together,” said Romeo, whose Manila West team stunned heavily-favored Qatar, 21-17, to rule the Manila leg of the tour last July and earn a berth in the world tour.
Despite the two-day meet coming just a week before the new PBA season formally kicks off, Romeo said GlobalPort management has agreed to allow the shooting guard out of Far Eastern University to play for the national team.
“We’ve formally requested their respective mother ballclubs to lend the four players to us,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios, who joined the PBA board in the Korean capital on Thursday morning.
But Romeo believes the team can do well in the Tokyo tournament considering the four of them are in shape as they gear up for the 2014-15 season of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
Romeo himself showed up for GlobalPort’s training camp trimmed down from 190 to 160 lbs.
“Sinubukan kong magpapayat, part na rin ng preparation ko,” he said. “Tsaka sumasakit na rin kasi ang tuhod ko, kaya kailangan magbawas. So far, maganda naman ang tinatakbo natin.”
Aside from Manila and Qatar, the 10 winning and runner-up teams in the five other legs will join them in the world tour.
The other legs were held in Beijing, China, Chicago, USA, Prague, Czech Republic, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.