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PBA: Romeo wants to develop all-around game with SMB


by Waylon Galvez

Though the last game of San Miguel Beer saw ace guard Terrence Romeo back to being a scoring machine after dropping a personal conference-high of 23 points, he understands that he still needs to improve on other aspects of the game to be more effective.

The league’s scoring champion for three straight seasons from 2015 to 2017, Romeo’s offensive output on 8-of-10 shooting from the field was his best so far in an SMB uniform.

According to Romeo, it’s about being ready always when called to play.

“Alam ko naman na kahit sino sa team namin pwedeng makapag-laro ng maganda. Pero ang importante is ready lang ako,” said Romeo.

San Miguel's Terrence Romeo drives past Magnolia's Mark Barroca.  (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

San Miguel’s Terrence Romeo drives past Magnolia’s Mark Barroca. (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

Even with his scoring prowess, Romeo said he wants to involve his teammates, something he is doing through four games that he has played, averaging four dimes per game.

“Pinag-aaralan ko talaga yung option na mahanap ko sila (teammates) and at the same time saan yung option na pwede akong maka-diskarte ng game ko,” Romeo added.

Obtained in a trade with TNT KaTropa prior to the season, many were skeptical on the arrival of Romeo to SMB after his stints with NorthPort (formerly GlobalPort) and TNT ended in controversy. There were questions on his ability to blend in well with teammates.

But since returning from a foot injury, Romeo has shown his ability to play alongside SMB’s talented core players like reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, former MVP Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross.

Romeo sprained his right ankle in SMB’s first game against Columbian Dyip and missed three games – including the one against former TNT. He returned in the Beermen’s game against Rain or Shine.

SMB is on a two-game streak after the Beermen downed Blackwater 93-79 last week. Romeo scored 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting to go with five rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes of action.

Romeo said that this is not the time to slow down and be complacent after two or three good games since his overall goal is to blend well with his teammates for them to obtain their ultimate goal – to win a fifth straight Philippine Cup championship.

“Marami pa rin dapat matutunan. It’s still a process pa din. Importante maging consistent kami sa ginagawa naming as a team,” ended Romeo.

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