THE irony isn't lost on Terrence Romeo as San Miguel faces the prospect of taking on his former team NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals.
After reeling to a 95-91 loss to Meralco, the Beermen risk sliding down to No. 7 seed and facing a twice-to-beat NorthPort if another former Romeo team, TNT, beats Magnolia in the final game of the eliminations.
But Romeo said he has been in the pro league long enough to know that narratives don't really mean much and coincidences like these happen all the time.
"Nandoon na 'yun, pero maliit lang ang mundo ng basketball. Di naman ito ako lang versus sa former teams ko eh. Team pa rin ito," said Romeo, who continues to play with a dislocated left pinky.
The Beermen squandered a chance to secure a spot in the two best-of-three quarterfinal series after the loss to Meralco on Wednesday.
At 5-6, San Miguel's fate is no longer in its hands. A Magnolia win will set the Beermen in a 3-versus-6 faceoff against Blackwater in the quarters while a TNT victory will make their playoff road a lot more difficult.
Romeo, however, doesn't want to stress himself on possible matchups.
"Ang mahalaga, mag-prepare kami. Paghahandaan namin ang mga kalaban namin at kung ano man ang mangyayari," he said.
Besides, being in this position is no longer new for the Beermen. After all, they won their fifth straight Philippine Cup title last conference as the sixth seed.
And for Romeo, that's just the challenge that will test San Miguel's character.
"Siguro kailangan naming i-take as a challenge for us. Galing kaming championship pero di naman namin inasahan na ganito ang mangyayari. Dito masusubok yung character ng team namin, kung paano kami babalik," he said.