ANTIPOLO – As GlobalPort prepares for the future, Terrence Romeo looked back to a recent past as motivation.
The Batang Pier superstar rued his team failing to sustain their successful campaign in the Philippine Cup where they reached the semifinals for the first time in franchise history.
After that landmark all-Filipino achievement, the Batang Pier plummeted to the bottom in the Commissioner’s Cup, before missing the playoffs anew with a 4-7 win-loss record in the Governors’ Cup.
“Hindi maiwasan yung disappointment kasi maganda yung naging performance namin nung time na yun (Philippine Cup),” Romeo said after his team’s 139-126 win over Blackwater on Wednesday that put a positive end to an otherwise disappointing campaign in the season-ending tournament.
“Hindi namin nagawa ngayon, so panibagong challenge ‘to para sa amin,” he added. “Kailangan mas maging consistent kami at mas nag-i-improve kami.”
If there’s a silver lining for Romeo and rest of the Batang Pier this season, it’s that they managed to surpass their best win total in franchise history, notching 17 wins against 23 losses – their best since joining the league in 2012.
But the work doesn’t stop there for the relatively young franchise.
“Syempre mas mag hardwork kami tapos mas mabilis namin makuha yung chemistry at laro ng isa't-isa,” Romeo said. “And mas makinig pa kami sa coach namin.”
“Para sa akin, coach na namin yung bahala (kung ano ang dapat gawin sa lineup),” he added. “Wish ko kung ano 'yung wish ng coach ko.”