YOU would know if someone’s a shooter if a fellow marksman is getting pointers from him.
Terrence Romeo taught Von Pessumal a thing or two about three-point shooting as the former invited the latter to join his shooting drill routine after GlobalPort practice on Monday afternoon at Hoops Center.
Romeo, the two-time defending Three-Point Shootout champion, flashed his accuracy by knocking down nine straight treys early in the drill that required them to going on a few sets of 50 shots each.
Each time, Romeo ended up with the better percentage than Pessumal had.
But Romeo played down his mentoring of his rookie teammate.
“Actually ako nga yung kumukuha ng (tips) kay Von kasi alam naman natin an sobrang shooter nun eh,” the Batang Pier superstar said of the former Ateneo gunner in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice.
“Parang sinabay ko lang siya sa ginagawa kong practice, kasi madalas kasi ako mag-practice ng percentage,” he added. “Although sa game hindi mo naman nakukuha yung gusto mong percentage, at least pina-practice mo.”
Romeo, who has hit 11 of his 27 attempts from beyond the arc for a solid 40.7-percent clip so far this conference, is preparing himself and Pessumal for another tough battle against Blackwater on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
“Importante yun kasi kung paano ka mag-practice before nung game, kung paano mo pinaghahahandaan yung parating mong game, kahit papaano, may mga instances na magagamit mo siya sa game eh,” the 2016 Mythical Five member said.
“Malaking bagay na dito, pinag-aaralan namin, nagshe-sharing kami ng mga techniques kung paano yung tamang form, tira, kung ano yung dapat isipin.”
Asked if he’s also setting himself as an example as a superstar still doing extra work after practice, Romeo played down the tag.
“Superstar? Malayo pa eh. Ano lang siguro – alam ko namang alam niya – kasi born na siya na shooter, gusto ko lang maging consistent siya,” Romeo said.
“Sinasabi ko sa kanya na i-practice lang niya, isipin niya lang kung san niya pwede hanapin yung mga tira niya, tapos pag-aralan niya yung dribbling tsaka attack to the basket para may iba siyang option.”
And the 24-year-old Romeo, who’s just a year older than Pessumal, is glad that his rookie teammate is all ears.
“Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi napakabait na player, as in nakikinig talaga sa ’yo tapos ia-apply niya talaga, tapos nandun yung puso niya na gawin yung isang bagay,” Romeo said.
“Para sa akin, nakikita ko na sobrang laki ng magagawa niya para sa team namin, at someday, makakagawa siya ng sariling pangalan dahil nandun yung passion eh,” he added.