FAR Eastern University guard Terrence Romeo is looking forward to Season 76 of the UAAP with a lot optimism with the imminent return of fellow star RR Garcia and a new coach in Nash Racela calling the shots for the Tamaraws.
Romeo had a landmark 75th season after being included in the league’s Mythical Five selection. Unfortunately, the feat didn’t translate to team success as the Morayta-based squad missed out on the Final Four after a late-season collapse.
In the wake of the disappointing finish, the Tamaraws decided to retool by revamping its coaching staff and tapping the services of Racela to replace Bert Flores at the helm.
This developed as all signs lead to Garcia, a member of the Gilas Pilipinas cadet training pool, returning to play his fifth and final year with the team.
Romeo said the comeback of his deadly backcourt partner raises hopes for another shot at the title next season.
“Babalik daw siya sa FEU,” said Romeo, referring to Garcia. “Sana mag-champion na kami. Magtutulungan kami para sa team namin.”
Romeo also has good words for the Tamaraws’ new coach.
“Sobrang professional na coach. As in lahat, kahit on and off the court, sobrang professional. Mabait at maganda makisama,” he said.
The incoming fourth year guard said he had only attended a few practices of FEU due to his commitment with Big Chill in the PBA D-League.
“Hindi ako gaano nakaka-practice. Hindi rin nakaka-practice (si RR) dahil sa Gilas pero andoon naman ang coaching staff,” said Romeo.
The prolific combo guard, however, is facing a long layoff after he injured his shooting hand (right) while playing for the Superchargers.
According to him, he can be out for as long as two months.