By Drei Christopher Villanueva
For the past two seasons, Terrence Romeo has established a reputation as the league’s scoring king, presiding at the game’s most crucial moments and taking full responsibility when the game is on the line. Averaging close to 25 points last season, he has collected major individual awards over the years like Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, All-Star MVP, and three-point shootout champion.
In a short span, Romeo became a star instantly and emerged as GlobalPort’s go-to-guy.
This time, under new coach Franz Pumaren, Romeo is beginning to evolve not just as a scorer but a two-way player and for the first two games, the talented guard was able to do just that.
“I want Terrence to become a two-way player, so far in our first two games, he has led our team in assists.”
In their 91-84 win against Star, Romeo finished with 18 points on top of eight assists.
Against the Mahindra where they beat their counterparts black and blue, Romeo came away with 29 points and six assists. Not only did Romeo made a conscious effort in getting his teammates more involved, the spitfire guard is now beginning to develop a defensive mentality.
“I like the aggressiveness he’s been showing on defense,” added Pumaren. “It goes to show his maturity as a player. He’s now starting to realize that basketball isn’t just about making buckets, but it’s also about stopping your opponent from what they do best.”
Romeo and Stanley Pringle form probably the most explosive backcourt duo in the PBA, but the two stalwarts are now getting a lot of help from new recruits like veteran players KG Canaleta and JR Quinahan, two players acquired by the squad in separate trades.
Now that the Batang Pier have remained undefeated after two games and poised to continue their winning ways, they are now starting to all and sundry that they’re more than just an entertaining team with Romeo being at the forefront.
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