'Mature' Romeo gives Jarencio welcome back win
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 05, 2015 10:42 PM
CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT. Coach Pido Jarencio believes his Terrence Romeo has matured after the Globalport guard produced an all-around stat line in their conference-opening triumph.
Terrence Romeo looked like his usual self on the court, but Pido Jarencio told reporters that there was definitely something different about his top gun.
Romeo attempted 24 shots, scoring 27 points off them, to grant Jarencio a triumphant return as the Globalport Batang Pier's coach last Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
It looked like a typical output for the former Globalport guard, but the stat sheet showed he also added seven rebounds and, more importantly, five assists.
Romeo could have had even more dimes as his teammates missed several shots coming from his setups, but nonetheless, that was the difference Jarencio harped on. "Nag-mature na si Terrence," the Batang Pier mentor said.
For reference, Romeo averaged 2.6 assists in the past two conferences.
For his part, however, Romeo is not yet too quick to judge himself and his team as having matured. "Para sa akin, 'di pa ngayon yung time para masabing mature na kami," he said.
Mature or not, Romeo’s new teammates can only agree that he has the talent and they are there at Globalport to help him.
After many seasons backing up June Mar Fajardo, Doug Kramer vows to fulfill his niche in the Romeo-centered offense. “Terrence talaga is a scorer; that’s his strength. So for me, my mentality is to go for the offensive board,” he said.
Billy Mamaril, who played for years with Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, also said, “Terrence could play, no doubt.”
Even Palestinian import Omar Krayem, Romeo’s new backcourt-mate, had nothing but positives to say. “Terrence is one hell of a player,” he said.
Krayem then added, “He’s little, but he got a big heart. I like playing with him. He makes my job easier.”
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