HE wasn’t simply eased into the rotation; instead Terrence Romeo rejoined GlobalPort with guns blazing and is taking charge once again for the Batang Pier.
After missing the last two games of the Commissioner’s Cup and the opening match in the Governors’ Cup due to a bulging disc on his back, Romeo is back with a bang.
Thanks to therapy and gym work, the guard out of Far Eastern University looks close to top form and has averaged 20 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist during his first two games this conference.
GlobalPort, which dropped its opening game to Barangay Ginebra, 89-71, is 1-1 in Romeo’s return from the injury. He scored 18 in a 95-91 victory over Alaska and topscored with 22 in a 97-119 loss to Rain or Shine.
Nino Reyes, who handles the basketball career of the GlobalPort freshman guard, said therapists at the family-owned Far Eastern University-NRMF (Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation) Hospital worked on Romeo’s injured back during the conference break to ensure he can make a strong comeback in the season-ending conference.
“He (Romeo) has gone through PT at the FEU-NMRF hospital. We have been working on his core to make sure his back problem will not recur,” Reyes told Spin.ph.
The 5-foot-11 guard has also shed around 10 pounds and now just weighs 165 pounds, according to personal trainer Martin Lloyd.
The one-time UAAP MVP gained weight during his first few months in the PBA, which according to Lloyd is one of the reasons why his back eventually gave in towards the tail end of the Commissioner’s Cup.
“When he gained weight, nag-flare up na yung back niya, so we’re trying to get him to be probably between 165 and 170 pounds, tapos mas mababa ang body fats and then add muscles,” said Lloyd, a former PBA D-League player.
Lloyd said their next goal is to study Romeo’s film clips in his past games and see how he could improve on his field goal shooting every game.
So far, Romeo has shot 37.5 percent from the field (9-of-24 shooting) in two games.
Romeo and Globalport return to action on Friday when they face San Mig Super Coffee at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.