After missing last week, Terrence Romeo admitted it was difficult to catch-up on the Gilas Pilipinas training session, but coach Tab Baldwin’s style of mentoring made it easy.
“Meron, nanibago ako yung ibang plays, yung mga tinuro nag-adjust ako ulit. Yun nga, isang practice ka lang mawala, ang dami mong mamimiss,” said Romeo, who excused himself last Monday due to sickness.
Despite being part of Gilas 3.0 headed by Baldwin, Romeo was still in awe every time he learns something new from his Kiwi coach.
“Para akong bumalik sa pinakasimula ng basketball, kasi ganoon lang kasaglit yung sinabi ni Coach Tab, ang dami ko agad natutunan kumbaga di ko alam dati yung tinuturo niya na yun, tapos ngayon mas naliwanagan ako,” he bared.
Romeo also attested to Baldwin’s brilliance in helping him transition to the point guard spot — something he is having a hard time in GlobalPort since backcourt partner Stanley Pringle was hobbled by injury.
“Malaking tulong sa akin yun kaya everytime na nagtuturo si Coach Tab pinapakinggan ko kasi everytime na may lumalabas sa bibig ni Coach Tab na teaching, walang sayang, tsaka maabsorb mo lahat, kumbaga matutunan mo talaga,” said the former FEU star, who was also joined by fellow former Tamaraws Mac Belo and RR Pogoy in the Gilas training pool.
The GlobalPort star could not help but feel proud for his former college teammates, and hinted he can take them under his watch through the training sessions.
“Proud ako kasi magkakasama kami sa FEU, tapos magkakasama kaming nag grow, siyempre masaya kasi unti unti kaming nag-improve tapos nandito pa sila sa Gilas na marami kang matutunan so masaya ako para sa kanila.”
With more warm bodies suiting up, the Gilas gunner hopes they can establish their chemistry this early to have a fighting chance against France and New Zealand in the elimination round of the Olympic qualifier.
“Yung chemistry namin mas madaling madedevelop kasi mas makukuha namin yung laro ng isa’t isa tapos yung magiging bonding namin. I’m sure mas mapapabilis mabuo yung chemistry namin basta lagi kaming makumpleto.” — By Jason Mercene