ARWIND Santos said he is motivated than ever to help Terrence Romeo from bashers against him following San Miguel’s loss to Columbian on Friday in his first game as a Beermen.
The Beermen lost to last season’s doormats Columbian, 124-118, on Friday in Romeo’s first game with San Miguel. Romeo’s debut, however, was short-lived as he sustained an ankle injury and ended up scoring only seven points.
Following the loss, negative criticism pointed towards Romeo which Santos hopes will be erased sooner than later.
“Si Terrence ang pinaka-parang gusto naming tulungan. Ako gusto ko siya tulungan. Siyempre, sasabihin na naman ng iba na taga-subaybay natin ng PBA, sasabihin na naman, ‘O, may malas sa inyo eh.’ Ayaw naming mangyari kay Terrence ‘yun. Gusto naming tulungan siya. Gusto namin i-correct ‘yung mga bad comments sa kanya.”
“Kasi alam ko ‘yung feeling na ganun. Siya ‘yung pinaka-nasaktan dahil unang laro talo tapos Columbian Dyip. Hindi maiwasang baka maririnig na naman niya ‘yun,” said Santos.
The Beermen strengthened their line-up after taking in Romeo, who was traded from TNT following a blockbuster deal during the offseason.
Santos believes Romeo doesn’t deserve the negative criticism against him as he has been a good teammate for the Beermen.
“Mabait naman si Terrence. Kalog din naman siya. Kahit sino naman darating diyan, hindi mahihirapan,” said Romeo.
Santos said it was unfortunate that Romeo was unable to play more minutes due to the ankle sprain. He also saw how determined Romeo was to help the team despite sustaining an injury.
“Malas nga eh. Kawawa naman. Pinilit niya pero hindi talaga. Maga talga. Tingin ko lang ha, baka di siya maglaro sa Sunday pero willing naman siya magpagamot agad,” said Santos.
San Miguel now looks to bounce back as the Beermen face Barangay Ginebra on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.