TERRENCE Romeo was quick to play down the perception that there is no way he and rookie Fil-Am guard Stanley Pringle can co-exist at Globalport.
“Si Stanley, sobrang saya na makasama siya sa laro, saka wala siyang kayabang-yabang,” Romeo told Spin.ph.
Romeo and Pringle showed what exactly they can do together as they led a fiery GlobalPort offense on the way to toppling the visiting Changwon LG Sakers, 79-78, in their tune-up match at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
“Talagang gusto niya (Pringle) manalo, kasi ini-involve niya din ang teammates niya. Tapos nandun 'yung leadership niya sa court, saka lahat ng teammates niya, kinakausap niya,” he said of this year’s top rookie pick out of Penn State.
Despite playing together in just one tune-up match, Romeo doesn’t see himself clashing with Pringle for ball touches, even if both players demand a lot of touches to shine in games.
“The way na nakikita ko, di kami magsasapawan. In and out of the court, lagi kami nagu-usap, lagi kami nagte-text,” explained Romeo.
“Maganda ang samahan namin. Siya lang ang unang player na ganun kami kapalagay sa isa’t isa kahit na mas matanda siya sa akin. Saka yung trato niya sa akin, parang ka-age lang kami, buddy buddy lang,” he added.
Romeo, the 5-foot-11 guard out of Far Eastern University, fired 22 of his 26 points in the first half against the Sakers, runner-up in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) last season.
In the second half, Romeo willingly let Pringle do his thing as the well-traveled European league veteran finished the game with 19 points, including the 18-foot jump shot that gave the Batang Pier the lead for good with under two minutes left.
“Pinaka-nagustuhan ko kay Stanley, di siya sobrang aggressive umiskor. Kung merong chance mag-score, i-score siya, pero kung wala, at medyo nag-collapse ang defense, magaling siya pumasa,” observed the 22-year-old Romeo, the MVP in last year’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Although a year ahead of Pringle in the pro league, the soft-spoken Globalport guard said he’s got a lot to learn from the 27-year-old Fil-Am rookie owing to his extensive overseas experience.
“Kagaya nga ng sabi ko before, para sa akin, hindi ko siya (Pringle) tini-treat as a rookie. Sobrang dami na niyang nalaruan, and though ako mas nauna sa kanya sa team, pero ako pa mas maraming matututunan kay Stanley,” said Romeo, who averaged 12.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists as a rookie last season.
GlobalPort plays its second preseason game on Saturday when it clashes with the Kuwait national squad at the Gatorade Hoops Center, before playing Kia, Ginebra, and San Miguel Beer next week.