Terrence Romeo matched his career-high with 41 points in GlobalPort’s conference debut, but it went for naught as Mahindra pulled the rug from under the Batang Pier, claiming a 111-98 win on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Romeo was a picture of disappointment as he emerged from their gloomy locker room.
“Walang kuwenta,” said Romeo of the 3rd 40-point game in his young PBA career.
“Kahit ilan pa iskorin ko kung talo naman kami, walang kuwenta. Gusto ko talaga manalo eh,” Romeo added.
The flamboyant guard needed 33 shots to match his career-high that he registered during the semis opener against Alaska last conference.
He added 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
“Gusto kong manalo kanina kasi 1st game namin. Ito yung magbi-build ng confidence namin eh,” Romeo said.
He poured 16 of his total output in the 3rd quarter, when the Batang Pier even grabbed a 62-61 lead after being down by as many as 15 in the opening half.
But he did not muster enough support from the rest of the team as only import Brian Williams (13) and Stanley Pringle (12) finished in double-digits for the Batang Pier, which faded down the stretch.
In contrast, Mahindra had 7 players scoring 10 or more in a balanced scoring effort led by birthday boy KG Canaleta’s 20 points.