Just over a month after Gilas Pilipinas’ failed FIBA OQT campaign, TNT combo guard Jayson Castro believes GlobalPort’s explosive gunner Terrence Romeo has already surpassed him as the best point guard in the country.
Although the “Blur” is still at the top of his game, Castro made that comment just moments after engaging Romeo in a shootout on Wednesday, or the first time the two sweet-shooters faced off since playing for Gilas last July.
“Yung maturity niya (Romeo) nakuha na niya. So siya na yung best point guard sa amin,” a humble Castro, who had the last laugh though after outdueling Romeo with his game-high 37 points, along with eight assists and four rebounds in TNT’s nailbiting 122-120 win.
The 5-foot-10 Romeo finished with 33 points, including 19 in the second half after peppering TNT with an array of shots from inside and out to help GlobalPort’s huge comeback from a 24-point deficit.
And to prove he’s improved as a playmaker, Romeo added seven assists, while hauling down six rebounds as well in over 36 minutes of action.
But Castro wouldn’t just let his team down, sinking 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.
The two-time FIBA Asia Best Guard’s biggest play though was a kickout pass in the dying seconds to Ranidel de Ocampo, who cooly buried the game-winning jumper.
“Sobrang laki ng in-improve niya, especially yung court vision niya,” shared Castro. “Before, puro all the way lang, ngayon nakikita na niya mga teammates niya.”
The 5-foot-8 Castro said since Romeo’s latest Gilas stint, the GlobalPort young guard is a lot more difficult to defend already.
“Ngayon ang hirap na guwardiyahan kasi nahi-hit niya yung wide-open na rumo-roll.”
Romeo may have been tagged as “buwaya” or ball-hog, especially during his collegiate days with Far Eastern University, but there’s no doubt that the 24-year-old GlobalPort young star has started to mature in his game.
“Kahit saang sulok ng court kaya niyang umiskor, yung court awareness nandun na rin,” observed the 30-year-old Castro. – Jason Mercene
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