ONE of the best games in Terrence Romeo’s career couldn’t have come at a better time.
Romeo scored a career high 30 points as he played the hero’s role in Far Eastern University’s morale-boosting 98-94 double overtime victory over University of the East Sunday that snapped the Tamaraws’ two-game losing skid in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
The effort was actually the flamboyant FEU guards best offensive effort since scoring 83 points in a high school game while still with the Baby Tamaraws years back.
And he did it with his backcourt partner RR Garcia missing the contest due to a one-game suspension.
But Romeo actually nearly missed the game against the Warriors after suffering a left ankle sprain in practice, an injury he aggravated when he landed on Charles Mammie’s foot while throwing up a three-point attempt early in the fourth period.
“Yesterday (Saturday), natapilok siya sa practice,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “I was expecting him to play pero nung natapilok kanina, mukhang wala na.”
“But that shows the heart of Terrence. He just wants to play,” said the FEU mentor.
Romeo was seen writhing in pain after the Mammie collision but still stayed on the court.
“Nag-twist uli ‘yung paa ko,” Romeo recounted. “Iniisip ko na lang na gusto kong bumalik. Kung kaya ko pang ihakbang, ilalakad ko pa.”
Romeo went on to hit the crucial three-pointer in double overtime that gave FEU a 95-91 lead that virtually wrapped up the win for the Tamaraws.
But Romeo credited his teammates for stepping up especially with Garcia out, even singling out back-up guard Achie Inigo, who scored six points in 21 minutes of play.
“Ni-remind ko sila na kailangan naming mag-step-up especially ‘yung mga walang gaanong minutes. Si (Achie) laki ng naitulong. Nag-step up siya pati ‘yung ibang bench players namin,” said Romeo.