STILL recovering from the flu, Terrence Romeo vowed to be there when coach Tab Baldwin conducts his first practice for the 17-man Gilas Pilipinas training pool for next year’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The GlobalPort star said he already committed to be at the Meralco gym on Monday night to join 16 other players Baldwin selected to comprise this latest batch of an all-pro national team.
“Pupunta ako, nagpasabi na ako,” said the flamboyant shooting guard, who was a revelation in his first stint with Gilas.
“Ok naman na ako. Pumayat (yung mukha), pero sa katawan hindi naman,” added the former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University, who was bedridden the past two days after being down with the flu.
Hardly recovered from his grueling three-month stint with the national team, Romeo has not gone full throttle in his game with the Batang Pier as coach Pido Jarencio tries to pace him in the team’s first four outings in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
“Galing sa sakit, two days hindi nakapag-practice kaya inaalalayan ko rin. Tinatantiya ko nga e,” said Jarencio after the Batang Pier’s 105-91 overtime win over Barako Bull on Sunday.
Although not yet totally in the groove, Romeo finished with a team-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, four assists, and three rebounds in just 28 minutes of play off the bench.
He had 13 points combined in the fourth quarter and overtime, including eight in the extra period.
“Gifted talaga, talented yung bata,” said Jarencio of Romeo.