Terrence Romeo looked lost without his backcourt partner Stanley Pringle.
With Pringle out with a sprained ankle injury, Romeo struggled as GlobalPort Batang Pier reeled to their second straight loss at the hands of league leader and still unbeaten Meralco Bolts, 96-88, on Sunday.
“Tingin ko, medyo lost din ako eh. Bad game din kasi ako. Napagod ako na ako ang nagpo-point. Nanibago ako,” Romeo told reporters.
The Batang Pier’s golden-haired guard was the top local scorer with 29.3 point-average entering the game. But the Bolts, drawing exceptional effort from third-string point guard Anjo Caram, held Romeo to just 18 points on his worst shooting night this conference (4-of-14 from the field).
Pringle’s absence allowed the Bolts’ defense to collapse on Romeo.
“Nahirapan ako na wala si Stanley. Adjust lang kami. Sobrang hirap din (na wala si Stanley). Wala akong kasama na bumabasag sa depensa,” Romeo said.
The Batang Pier sorely missed Pringle, who is averaging 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5 assists, especially in the fourth quarter where the Bolts broke a tight game wide open by shackling Romeo to run away with the victory.
The Batang Pier were only trailing by a single point, 74-75, midway but the Bolts closed out the game with a huge run limiting Romeo to just three points the rest of the way.
Romeo and the Batang Pier hope to get Pringle back ready for their next game when they face Blackwater on Sunday. – By AA