GLOBALPORT rookie star Terrence Romeo is determined to earn the faith of new coach Pido Jarencio.
The former Far Eastern University star was one of the most utilized players under interim coach Ritchie Ticzon in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup, averaging 31.07 minutes in 14 games.
But he expects every member of the team to start from zero under Jarencio, former coach of FEU's rival University of Santo Tomas who recently signed a two-year coaching contract with the Mikee Romero-owned franchise.
Yet, the former King Tamaraw said he’s willing to earn his playing minutes through sheer hard work, even saying he’s willing to try out for a spot if GlobalPort’s newly-appointed coach would want to.
“Basta po ako focus lang. mag-e-ensayo lang ng maigi. Kung kailangan pag-trabahuhan ko po 'yung spot o 'yung playing time ko, gagawin ko yun,” said Romeo.
The reigning UAAP MVP has even cancelled a planned vacation in between conferences and started undergoing rigid training at the newly founded Hammer Sports facility inside the FEU-NRMF Hospital in Quezon City.
Romeo, handled by businessman and FEU hospital big boss Nino Reyes of SMTM Promotions, said he’ll try to improve more on his defense and in other departments where he struggled in his first conference in the league.
“Syempre po si coach Pido na ang coach. Kailangan naming magtulungan. Kung ano po nakikita niya na pwede kong itulong, susundin ko po siya,” he said. “Kung ano lang po ibigay sa amin.”
Romeo at the same time disclosed he never had any troubles with Jarencio in the past especially while playing for the Tamarawas in the UAAP, where Jarencio was UST coach for eight years.
In an earlier interview by Spin.ph, Jarencio immediately issued a warning to "high-maintenance" players in the team, saying he will not hesitate to ship them out of Globalport.
The 21-year-old pride of Imus, Cavite said he’s looking forward to learning more from the former PBA player, who’s a known mean gunner during his heydays just like Romeo.
Asked of what he thinks was the reason Globalport failed to move past the quarterfinals and for the number of heartbreaking games the Batang Pier lost, Romeo said it had something to do with end game poise.
“Tingin ko po yun talaga ang naging kulang namin last conference. Lahat po ng games namin kami nag-dictate sa first hanggang third quarters. Sa fourth kami nag-ko-collapse,” said the rookie shooting guard.
“Siguro po kailangan namin mag-mature at maging solid lalo na sa endgame,” added Romeo, selected fifth overall pick in last year’s rookie draft.
In his first conference in the league, Romeo tallied an impressive 14.53 points, 3.27 rebounds, and 2.80 assists per game, and registered a career-high of 34 points in a losing cause against Air21.
The output however, remains the highest single-game output from among this year’s rookie batch.