IT wasn't the welcome Terrence Romeo expected in his first game as a San Miguel Beermen.
Romeo was dismayed failing to finish the Beermen's PBA Philippine Cup debut against Columbian Dyip after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Friday's game at the Astrodome.
The three-time league scoring champion suffered the injury after stepping on the foot of Rashawn McCarthy while driving to the basket.
He was later taken out by coach Leo Austria and didnt return to the game which the defending champion lost, 124-118.
"Siyempre malungkot kasi hindi ako nakatulong sa team," said Romeo, who finished with seven points in his first game for the Beermen.
Romeo added he tried to return to the game but decided not to because he was sure to be just a liability to the Beermen.
"Gusto ko sana pilitin pa na ilaro, pero inisip ko kapag pinilit ko, makakasama lang ako sa team dahil hindi ako makakahabol sa depensa," he said. "Hindi rin ako 100 percent, hindi ako makakatulong sa kanila kaya nag-decide na lang ako na huwag nang bumalik."
Romeo, who arrived in a trade with TNT in the offseason, only played for 12 minutes and was 2-of-7 from the field, He had two rebounds and four assists.
Romeo said he still has to see how the sprained ankle will act up once he was home.
"Kapag siguro namaga, baka hindi ako maka ano....sa next game. Kasi pangit din naman na pilitin mong may masakit, hindi ka rin makakatulong sa team," said the San Miguel guard.
The injury could likely prevent Romeo from suiting up against Barangay Ginebra when the two giant teams clash on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.