TERRENCE Romeo refused to make a big deal out of his physical plays with former teammate Nico Elorde that marred the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal between San Miguel and NorthPort on Sunday night.
Things became a bit chippy between Romeo and Elorde early in the fourth quarter as the two closely guarded each other. It got so physical that Romeo was called for an offensive foul for charging at his former teammate.
Heated words were likewise exchanged.
Romeo, however, said whatever happened between him and Elorde on the court stays on the court.
“Lahat ng nangyayari sa akin, iniiwan ko sa court. Kahit magkasikuhan, magkatirahan, part ng game yun. May mga asaran talaga, part ng game yun," said Romeo after the game won by the Beermen, 98-84, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"Kapag napikon yung player, part din ng game yun. Emotions yun, nangyayari talaga sa lahat ng games yun. Wala namang perfect na tao sa ganun sitwasyon, sa ganung pagkakataon,” he added.
Elorde, grandson of the late boxing great Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde, also considered the incident just part of the game, especially with everybody now in playoff mode.
“Part lang naman ng game yun. Ganun naman talaga ako dumipensa,” he said. “Palaban siya, palaban din ako, so walang aatras.”
Game officials were quick to put the situation under control by calling a technical foul on both players.
Both Elorde and Romeo were teammates at NorthPort for a season before the former UAAP MVP was traded by the Batang Pier to TnT Katropa.
Romeo said he's confident he'll learn to control his emotions better and become more mature.
“Matututo rin ako doon. Matututo din ako sa ganung pangyayari na dapat mas maging matured ako, na dapat hindi ko na pinapatulan yung ganung mga bagay,” he said.
Romeo’s team, at least, got the last laugh over NorthPort as the seventh-seeded Beermen got to live for another day after surviving a late Batang Pier charge from 15 points down.
The two will play in a knockout game on Wednesday also at the Big Dome for a place in one of the two best-of-five semifinals.
The win over the second-seeded Batang Pier is definitely a big boost to the sagging morale of the Beermen, according to Romeo.
“Malaking maibibigay na kumpiyansa sa amin yun. Kailangan lang naming mag-focus sa mga magaganda naming ginawa. Tapos yung mga lapses namin kailangang naming i-review,” said the three-time league scoring champion.