GlobalPort’s young star Terrence Romeo said his import-like scoring numbers in the ongoing Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup didn’t happen by chance.
Instead, it was a product of post-practice workout that includes making somewhere between 200 to 300 shots every day.
“After practice lang, nage-extra shooting ako. Pina-practice ko lang yung mga skills ko siguro mga 30 minutes to 1 hour, saka importnate sa akin yung 200 to 300 shots made, hindi yung attempts,” Romeo shared to FOX Sports.
Last year’s PBA Most Improved Player is averaging 27.0 points in the import-spiced conference on a decent 46 percent from the field, along with an excellent 92.9 percent from the foul line.
The 5-foot-10 former Far Eastern University guard attributed the stats spike to the confidence and trust given to him by coach Pido Jarencio and management.
“[Siguro] dahil na rin sa binigbigyan ako ng kumpiyansa ni coach Pido saka management,” he added.
The Batang Pier are bunched with 4 other teams at the bottom half of the standings with their 2-3 record following back-to-back defeats to San Miguel Beer and Meralco Bolts.
Compounding the team’s misfortunes in the import-spiced conference is the injury of Fil-Am playmaker Stanley Pringle, who sprained his right ankle against the Beermen.
But Romeo remains optimistic that the Batang Pier can bounce back, starting Sunday against the Blackwater Elite.
“Wino-workout namin ngayon yung depensa namin saka kailangan namin ma-emphasize yung transition attack namin kasi strength namin yung bilis namin saka ball movement,” explained Romeo, who turns 24 2 weeks from now.
Romeo also expects newly-acquired guard Jeric Fortuna to fit in quickly at GlobalPort’s backcourt because of his familiarity with Jarencio’s system, who was the latter’s college coach.
“Malaking tulong si Jeric kasi matalino siya maglaro, saka alam na niya sistema ni coach Pido,” said the GlobalPort youthful scoring guard.
Fortuna was shipped by Phoenix to GlobalPort a few days ago in exchange for the Batang Pier’s 2nd round future pick.
The 5-foot-9 Fortuna played under Jarencio during their time at the University of Santo Tomas. – By Richard Dy
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