TERRENCE Romeo had 22 points for Far Eastern University on Saturday but had a relatively forgettable outing a few days after he was officially named Most Valuable Player of UAAP Season 76.
Romeo only had three points for the Tamaraws in the first two quarters of their playoff against De La Salle for the no. 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. In all, he shot just 6-of-21 from the field.
Although the reigning MVP picked up his game in the second half, it was all too late for the Tamaraws as the Green Archers’ lead was too big to overcome and lost, 69-74.
The defeat allowed the Archers to finish at No. 2, pushing the Tamaraws in a must-win situation of sweeping the next two games to gain entry in the Finals.
Romeo admitted the 10-day break may have affected his rhythm going to playoff game.
“First quarter, medyo gigil. Hindi ko rin alam (kung ano ang nangyari),” Romeo told to reporters after the game.
But the FEU guard gave credit to La Salle, which can’t seem to miss from any angle on the floor.
“Tingin ko, sobrang nag-connect din naman ang tira ng La Salle, tapos kami, off kami pati sa three points,” he said.
Despite the loss that put the Tamaraws in a do-or-die situation on Wednesday in the formal start of their Final Four with the Archers, Romeo said he prefers to stick with the positives.
“Sa tingin ko, kailangan pa naming higpitan ang depensa namin at mag-communicate sa offense namin,” said Romeo.
“Stay together lang kami tapos kalimutan namin ‘yung nangyari, isipin namin kung paano kami nakadikit sa fourth. Move on lang kami,” he said.