SAME numbers for Terrence Romeo, but different result for GlobalPort on Wednesday night.
The Batang Pier superstar was as prolific as ever despite sliding to the bench, but he couldn’t lead his team to the victory this time as they suffered their first loss of the PBA Philippine Cup, a 95-84 decision at the hands of Alaska.
Coming in averaging 23.5 points, seven assists, and two boards in 34 minutes as a starter in the first two games, Romeo came off the bench against the Aces and registered a game-high 26 points on top of four assists and four steals in 34 minutes.
And his tandem with Stanley Pringle remained deadly as his backcourt partner followed suit with 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
“The Terrence-Stanley combination is the most dangerous one-two in the league,” Aces coach Alex Compton said. “I mean, Alex (Cabagnot) and Marcio (Lassiter) are great and Chris (Ross) brings a different dynamic defensively, and Jayson (Castro) and Ryan (Reyes) are really tough.”
“But in terms of scoring, either one of those guys (Romeo, Pringle), you can’t play them one-on-one because they’re both so good,” he added.
But the Aces’ balanced effort was enough to negate the Batang Pier’s two-man show as five Alaska players scored at least nine points each.
“I thought our offense got better and our press created a lot in the second half,” Compton said.