LOOKING trim and more focused, Globalport rookie Terrence Romeo ushered his return to active duty by playing with a lot of fire in the Batang Pier’s 95-91 victory over the Alaska Aces in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday.
The 5-foot-10 freshman out of Far Eastern University played a solid supporting role to import Leroy Hickerson and veteran playmaker Alex Cabagnot by banging in 18 points in the Batang Pier’s first victory this conference.
He went 9-of-11 from the foul line, including five free throws inside the final minute that clinched the win for the Batang Pier and allowed the team to bounce back from its 89-71 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday.
“Medyo kinakabahan nga ako nung papunta sa game. And siguro four times lang ko nag-practice sa team tapos may pain pa lower back ko,” Romeo told sports scribes after the game.
The celebrated freshman said he took pain reliever to make sure he could contribute to the cause of the Batang Pier, who managed to keep their poise despite the Aces’ strong endgame push.
“Parang nangangapa ako kanina kung saan ako kukuha ng diskarte. Iyung opensa ko hinahanap ko, pero yung depensa, di naman mawawala yun kung mag-focus ka dun,” added the 22-year-old rookie guard, who missed the team’s last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup due to a bulging disc on his lower back.
Nonetheless, Romeo said he was happy to be able to contribute again to Globalport’s cause as he tries to help the Batang Pier come up with a solid campaign in the season-ending tournament.
“Sana di ito yung last win kasi first win pa lang namin ito. Sabi ko nga kanina, magse-celebrate kami pag tapos na ang season at kung ano na marating namin,” he added.
Globalport shoots for its second win on Sunday when it faces Rain or Shine at the Mall of Asia Arena.