RR Garcia steals thunder from Terrence Romeo as Star finally wins

Terrence Romeo won the scoring duel but RR Garcia came out on top hitting key baskets in powering Star Hotshots to their breakthrough win in the season-ending Governors Cup with a 105-102 overtime thriller in Superball Sunday at the Big Dome.

Garcia forced the overtime with a layup and a defensive gem against Romeo at the end of the regulation then sealed the win with two free throws off a crucial Stanley Pringle deliberate foul in the final 8.4 seconds of the extension period.

Garcia, who was on attack mode against Romeo, finished with 26 points, his best game yet in Star uniform. Not even a power failure inside the coliseum that delayed the game for 20 minutes can slow down Garcia.

“I think he’s pretty much adjusted. He really played well today. He got his confidence going. It’s fun seeing him and Terrence go at it. We gave up a lot to get him. He played like the 3 players we let go combined,” Star coach Jason Webb said after watching the epic duel.

Garcia, who came via trade during the last conference break, shot 11-of-13 from the field including perfect trips at the line (2-of-2) and the rainbow territory (2-of-2).

“Siyempre, masaya ako. Binigay ko ‘yung best ko kasi hirap kaming manalo. Alam mo naman na si Terrence, scorer talaga. Nag-sacrifice ako na bantayan siya,” Garcia said.

True enough, despite Romeo finishing with better numbers – 27 points on top of 6 rebounds and 6 assists – the flamboyant Gilas guard couldn’t shake off Garcia’s defense when it mattered most.

Romeo lost the leather in mid-air over the outstretched hands of Garcia in the regulation that led to overtime.

GlobalPort’s second straight loss also dampened the impressive debut of its new import Mike Glover, who put up 27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 shot block and more importantly, providing the inside presence the Batang Pier sorely needed.

It wasn’t all Garcia though who made it happen for Star as import Marqus Blakely also bounced back from a lackluster outing with 24 points and 22 rebounds with 6 assists and 5 steals this time while PJ Simon and Mark Barroca added 15 and 11 points, respectively.