TERRENCE Romeo promptly showed he remains as the deadliest scorer in the PBA today.
Romeo hardly showed any effects of a four-month layoff owing to a knee injury as he fired 20 points in his comeback game for Globalport in the season-opening Philippine Cup on Friday against Phoenix.
And to think he’s still far from being 100 percent fit.
“Ang layo pa, wala pa sa timing. May mga ibang shots sa game na kinakapa ko pa, at yung ibang plays iniisip ko pa kapag tinatawag,” said the former Far Eastern University star.
Too bad, the Batang Pier lost in Romeo’ first game of the season, 104-100, and could finish either at sixth or seventh spot going to the quarterfinals after ending the eliminations with a 5-6 record.
Romeo, the league's three-time scoring champion, lamented how the team fell short down the stretch after trailing by as much as 31 points late in the first half.
“Kung lumamang lang sa amin ng mga five points sa amin yung Phoenix nung first half, siguro magandang laban sa third and fourth quarters,” he said after going 8-of-18 from the field - nd 1-of-7 from three-point range.
Romeo said he felt like a rookie again after playing his first game since September opposite Blackwater during the Governors Cup, when he was ejected for throwing the ball at Elite import Henry Walker.
“Medyo naninibago. Iba yung laro sa PBA e, kasi yung pinakapapawis ko jogging lang,” he said. “Ito may kabanggaan ako na malalakas ang katawan.
“Tsaka yung mga looks na binibigay ng depensa, ngayon ko lang ulit nakita,”Rome added. “Ngayon naninibago ako. Dati common lang sa akin yun, alam ko agad ang gagawin ko.”
But Romeo said he can easily adjust now that he finally got a feel of the game again.
“Hopefully, by next game maka-adjust na ako,” he said. “Kailangan ko lang panoorin yung game na ito, pag-aralan, at i-practice kung ano yung dapat kong gawin.”
That should be bad news to the opposition come the playoffs.