Romeo thriving as playmaker under Pumaren’s guidance

Franz Pumaren’s arrival has clearly turned things around for GlobalPort so far—and for high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo too.

The 5-foot-10 Romeo displayed his vastly-improved playmaking skills on Friday night when he led Batang Pier to a 91-84 victory over the Star Hotshots and into a share of the early lead in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Proving he’s more than just a lethal scorer following Pumaren’s entry, Romeo laced his 18-point performance with a game-high eight dimes, underscoring his newfound trust on a deep and talented GlobalPort side.

And not even a game-worst seven errors could take away any luster on Romeo’s recent performance.

“Sa turnovers, wala na akong pakialam dun. Basta ako, I give my best. Kung ano ‘yung alam kong makakatulong sa team, gagawin ko,” said the former Far Eastern U star, perhaps satisfied with his encore showing following a 29-point, six-assist performance in their 97-75 win over Mahindra last week.

The Batang Pier’s depth should also be a key factor on Romeo’s brilliant playmaking so far.

“Siyempre credit din sa teammates ko na ‘yun nga kapag pinasa ko sa kanila, nasho-shoot nila. At the same time, mas madali kapag nasho-shoot ng mga kasama ko dahil ‘yung load nababawasan sa akin,” he stressed.

“Mas nakakapag-execute kami, mas maganda ‘yung flow namin. Thankful pa rin ako kahit papaano nakaka-attract pa rin ako ng defense para ma-open sila.”

Even his backcourt partner Stanley Pringle was left impressed with Romeo’s recent plays.

“Terrence is a special player. He can run the point and the two. If he gets the ball, I told him to run to the corner and I’ll be in the corner spreading the defense out,” said Pringle, who led the team in scoring this time with 24 points.

Romeo, however, could only be grateful with how the presence of Pumaren has been affecting him positively.

“Siya naman yung nagre-remind sakin palagi. Actually before the conference started, sinabihan na niya ako na kailangan hindi ako maging one-dimensional player. Kailangan ko mag-grow,” said the Imus City, Cavite native.

“It’s a learning process pa rin sa akin pero naniniwala naman ako na matututunan ko ‘yun at tsaka nandiyan naman siya para i-guide ako so sobrang thankful ako para kay coach Franz.” – Jerome Lagunzad

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