TERRENCE Romeo says he’s just following in the footsteps of mentor Franz Pumaren.
After being branded by his GlobalPort coach as 'makapal ang mukha' after burying a gutsy three-point shot in the waning seconds of a knockout game against Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Romeo said the same thing about Pumaren.
“Sinabi ko na lang din sa kanya sa dugout na siguro nung naglalaro din siya baka ganun din, makapal din ang mukha niya,” said the superstar guard while flashing a big smile. “So nagmana ako sa kanya.”
Romeo nailed a step-back three with eight seconds lefton on Sunday night to put Globalport on top for good, 106-104. The Batang Pier went on to score a 107-106 win and advance to the playoffs against top seed Barangay Ginebra, while slamming the door on the hard-luck Aces.
Pumaren later gave credit to Romeo for taking charge in the endgame and making that bold shot.
“He’s really willing to take the shot. That’s why he’s Terrence Romeo. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya,” said the former San Miguel guard of his top gunner.
Romeo, however, said he simply doesn't want to go on an early vacation, prompting the two-time league scoring champion to take matter into his own hands.
“Ang thinking ko lang kailangan makapag-laro kami ng isang game pa,” admitted Romeo. “Wala talaga, hindi pumapasok sa isip ko na matatalo kami."
Romeo, the former UAAP MVP from Far Eastern University, led all Globalport locals with 26 points. Although he shot 9-of-20 from the field, he hit six three-pointers in all, two of which in the final two minutes and none was more vital than the one he fired with the outcome of the tense game on the line.
Romeo said he never hesitates to take a shot in those type of situations.
“Wala akong ibang iniisip every time na tumitira ako kundi yung pumasok,” he admitted. “Kahit na sumablay ako ng maraming beses or pangit na 'yung shooting field goals ko, kapag kailangan kong i-shoot, yun lang ang ipinapasok ko sa isip ko.”