Globalport Batang Pier turned to Terrence Romeo and the scoring guard once again and bailed them out with a clutch trey against the Alaska Aces. That shot catapulted head coach Franz Pumaren and his boys to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals where they face the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.
Before the game-winning play, GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren drew up the play that gave them several options for the marginal basket.
“It is an option between Terrence and Justin, eh,” said Pumaren. “Whoever would be available and, you know, you have to give credit to the guy. He is really willing to take the shot. That is why he is Terrence Romeo.”
“In short, ‘Makapal talaga mukha niya’,” Pumaren said in jest. “That was a gutsy player. It takes a great player to take that shot.”
Romeo shot 20 times in the entire game. Fifteen of which came from the three-point arc where he made six. Even with lingering injuries and bad shooting night, Romeo found a way to push himself and help his team live for another day.
As a result, Romeo’s perseverance pays off as he hit the most important shot when it really counted.
“Wala naman akong ibang iniisip every time na tumitira ako kundi ang pumasok,” said Romeo. “Yun lang, kahit na sumablay na ako ng marami beses o pangit na ang shooting field goal ko… kapag kailangan ko i-shoot, yun lang pinapasok ko sa sarili ko na kailangan pumasok at makatulong sa team.”
“Hindi naman kami pinabayaan ni God – Siya yun,” praised Romeo.
Pumaren also joked to Romeo that his ‘kapal ng mukha’ saved the team from being eliminated during in the post-game huddle.
“Sinabi ko na lang din sa kanya sa dugout na siguro noong naglalaro din siya na baka ganun din na makapal din ang mukha niya so nagmana ako sa kanya,” Romeo said humorously.
Ginebra San Miguel holds a twice-to-beat advantage when they battle GlobalPort on June 6, Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (EH)
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