TERRENCE Romeo had the best of both worlds on Sunday: making his teammates satisfied while still feeding his passion in the end, resulting in GlobalPort’s first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
After exploding for 41 points, yet dishing out zero assist in the loss to Mahindra last Friday, the prolific Batang Pier star registered 21 points and six assists in their 89-85 win over Barangay Ginebra on Valentine’s Day.
Romeo admitted there was a conscious effort to involve his teammates more for their own good.
“Naisip ko na nahihirapan ako at mga kasama ko dahil ‘di tumataas ang kumpyansa nila,” he said. “Ang ginawa kong mindset, pataasin din ang kumpyansa ng mga kasama ko.
“Yung score ko naman, darating din pag kumonekta yung tira ko,” he added.
Romeo still managed to take matters into his own hands down the stretch when he knocked down the dagger three-pointer over LA Tenorio that put the Batang Pier up for good at 87-85.
“Nasa isip ko lang, up sila ng isa, pag may space ako tumira, titira ako,” Romeo explained. “Pag lumapit sila, ida-drive ko. Nakakita ako ng pagkakataon at ng konting space, ayun, tinira ko.”
Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio trusted his prized ward either way.
“Call niya ‘yun.”
Romeo repaid his coach’s faith, but also credited his teammates, especially backcourt partner Stanely Pringle for making life easier for him.
“Basta't hindi mawala yung ka-tandem ko, si Stanley,” the 2015 Most Improved Player said. “Napakalaking tulong ni Stanley sa akin kasi naa-attract nya yung depensa, napapaluwang yung depensa sa akin.
“Ganun din sa mga big man na dumedepensa sa import, si Billy (Mamaril), si Anthony Semerad. Lahat kami nagtulungan at maganda ang nai-ambag sa team.”
Still, Romeo has plenty of respect for the Gin Kings.
“Nagkataon lang na maswerte kami, yung scouting namin, collective effort,” he insisted. “Iba pa rin yung Ginebra kaya lagi kaming ready pag sila ang kalaban namin.”