MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer faced a lot of questions from spectators as he traded Terrence Romeo for the enigmatic yet brilliant guard in the off-season.
But in the midst of all the noise and criticism, the Bearmen remained undisturbed. All the while, they knew exactly what they were going to get.
After all, it’s no secret that Romeo can do with a basketball and he showed it again in the semifinals on Tuesday.
“I mean you know what Terrence can do. He is one of the best in the country to put the ball in the hole. He proved that he has won many championships over many years. “Everyone knows what type of player he is,” said San Miguel guard Chris Ross after his team’s 114-91 defeat of Phoenix in Match 4 at Cuneta Astrodome.
Romeo unleashed a game-high 20 points, including 17 in the third quarter, where the Beermen’s lead rose from 11 points to 26.
There is no denying that Romeo is among the league’s best attacking players, but the aptitude was his shaky relationship with his teammates and coaches from his time at GlobalPort, the team that placed him fifth overall in 2013, to his short, without events at TNT where the two sides had a nasty outburst.
But the Romeo experiment has so far been a success for San Miguel, adding a deadly offensive spark from the bench to his already charged roster.
“I received nothing but praise for him. “Since he has been with us, he has been one of the best teammates you can have,” said Ross. “He adapts to our style of play and adapts to what we do as a team.”
“He’s been with us for such a short time and he’s made so much progress in his game to suit us and he’s a welcoming piece to us.”
Romeo played his best game yet as a member of the Beermen and derived the honor from his teammates, especially Ross.
“Credit to my teammates, especially to my brother Chris Ross, because he’s really looking after me and he gives me the confidence to just keep playing my game,” Romeo said in the Philippines.
Leo Austria, SMB coach, was also excited about Romeo’s game in the third quarter which he believes became the “turning point” in Match 4.
“He was our captain tonight,” Austria said.
For Romeo, however, he remains only part of the main core’s supporting cast.
“The core of this team is still the first five. We are only here to rest them nicely so that they will have fresh legs when they enter again, ”he said. “I accepted my role with the team. I’m okay with whatever role I play, as long as it will help the team win. ”
Four months ago, TNT swapped Romeo for reserves David Semerad and Brian Heruela and a 2021 pick in the first round.
Tuesday night, Romeo finds himself just a win away from booking his first trip to the finals.
“My teammates have already won many championships. They already know what it feels like to be in the finals. “I, if ever, this will only be my first time,” said Romeo. “But I’m not thinking about it yet. Phoenix will be prepared and we need to be focused on our next game. “
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