Terrence Romeo unafraid of tough challenge to make final Gilas cut

GlobalPort’s young guard Terrence Romeo knows it will be tough to crack the 12-man Gilas Pilipinas line up, given the strong point guard cast in the pool led by Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio and even former collegiate standouts Bobby Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena.

But the reigning Most Improved Player isn’t one that shies away from such a challenge as he vows to give his 100% effort in practice.

“Kung mabibigyan ng chance, eh basta ibibigay ko lang ang best ko,” Romeo told FOX Sports on Wednesday after practice.

Rain or Shine combo guard Paul Lee’s decision to drop out of the Gilas pool due to a nagging left knee injury, may have enhanced Romeo’s chances for the final 12.

But the cat-quick GlobalPort shooting guard said it would actually be hard to replace someone of Lee’s caliber.

“Siyempre malaking kawalan si Paul. Alam naman natin maraming magagawa si Paul sa team. Nakakalungkot lang, pero kailangan lang mag-move forward at pagbutihin ang preparation,” he added.

Romeo, a member of Gilas which took home the silver in the William Jones Cup and the Fiba-Asia men’s championships last year, stressed the need to focus on the task at hand.

And that task involves working on team chemistry and embracing the system that national coach Tab Baldwin is implementing as Gilas prepares for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.

“Sana mas mapabilis yung chemistry saka yung jelling. And then mas ma-perfect namin yung system ni coach kasi iba yung offense namin kumpara last year,” said the 25-year-old Romeo. — By Richard Dy