TERRENCE Romeo is reminding everyone that he and Stanley Pringle are not the only ones responsible for GlobalPort’s terrific showing in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
While the dynamic duo has received most of the attention this conference, the Batang Pier’s hard-nosed frontline of Doug Kramer, Jay Washington, Rico Maierhofer, and Billy Mamaril has silently fueled the team’s defensive drive that leads to their high-octane offense.
“Sobrang laking tulong,” Romeo said. “'Yun 'yung mga hindi gaano napapansin or nakikita dahil hindi sila gaano umiiskor, pero sila yung mga dahilan kung paano kami nakaka-score.”
The quartet averages just 31.9 points combined, well below Romeo and Pringle’s 44.3-point joint scoring norm.
But the Batang Pier big men have been solid on the defensive end, particularly in crashing the boards as they haul down 30.7 rebounds combined per game, with Kramer accounting for most of them with an average of 9.6 per outing.
“Sila yung dahilan kung paano namin nagagawa 'yung game namin,” Romeo continued. “Yung pagbibigay nila ng screen, yung pagle-lead nila at rebounding nila.”
With the big men doing the dirty work and Romeo and Pringle carrying the offensive load, the Batang Pier have earned a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after finishing the elimination round with seven wins in 11 games to make it as the No. 5 seed.
But they remain wary of a dangerous Barako Bull side that’s regarded as the surprise team of the tournament.
“Kailangan naming ibigay yung best namin,” Romeo said. “Yung mga mistakes namin, kailangan namin, ma-correct.”
The Batang Pier and Energy collide in the opener of the league’s Christmas Day offering at the Mall of Asia Arena.