TERRENCE Romeo admitted games against Ginebra fire him up, as it did on Sunday night in Globalport’s rousing 91-84 win over the crowd favorites in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The prolific shooting guard from Far Eastern University torched the Kings for 35 points, 15 of them coming in the fourth period that kept at bay the league’s most popular ballclub from completing a grand comeback from as much as a 19-point deficit.
Romeo shot 5 of 9 from three-point range and was caught on television camera several times gesturing the raucous Ginebra fans to keep silent every time he drains a basket from downtown.
Of course, his actions are all in the name of fun and competition.
“Ang sa akin lang, gusto kong manalo yung team ko. Gusto kong makipag-compete,” he said about the matter.
“Kung kinakailangan sa loob ng court makipag-compete din ako sa kanila in a nice way, why not. Ang mahalaga nag-eenjoy kami habang nagba-basketball.”
So does the ribbing from Ginebra fans bring out the best in him, he was asked.
“Actually nandoon yung part na mas nanggigigil ako kapag may ganun. Mas natsa-challenge ako,” added the league’s two-time scoring champion.
But lest Romeo be mistaken for being anti-Ginebra, he’s not. The Globalport superstar even admires the team’s legion of fans, who he acknowledged has been the sixth man factor for the Kings.
“Wala naman akong against sa crowd ng Ginebra. Ganun lang sila, ganun ka-supportive sa team nila,” Romeo stressed.
And despite the morale-boosting win that tied the Batang Pier for the lead with idle Rain or Shine, the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart said there’s no reason yet for the team to celebrate.
“Wala pa kaming napapatunayan,” he said. “One step at a time, lahat ng games bibigay namin yung best namin.”
The Batang Pier will take the next two days off, according to coach Franz Pumaren before resuming practice on Wednesday for their next game against Blackwater on December 21 at the San Juan Arena.