Napapa-wow pa rin ako -- Belo on former FEU teammate Romeo
Mark Escarlote on Dec 21, 2016 11:14 PM
Patuloy pa rin akong namamangha sa talent niya kasi kitang-kita naman natin ‘yung (galing niya) -- Blackwater rookie Mac Belo on former FEU teammate Terrence Romeo
Once again Mac Belo witnessed the basketball talents of former Far Eastern University teammate Terrence Romeo.
Two years removed from sharing the court as Tamaraws, Belo was left in awe with the ability of the GlobalPort guard.
But the Blackwater rookie took the win in their reunion in the pro-league.
Belo nailed 20 points in the Elite’s 99-91 win over the Romeo-led Batang Pier Wednesday night in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The two played together for the Morayta-based squad in the UAAP from 2012 to 2013.
“Last kami na magkasama sa FEU ay noong 2013 pa eh so ayun nae-excite ako kanina na makatapat siya eh,” said Belo, who led FEU to the UAAP title in Season 78 – two years after Romeo declared for the pros.
Romeo, who bagged the UAAP Season 76 Season Most Valuable Player in his last year with the Tams, finished with a near triple-double with 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
“Patuloy pa rin akong namamangha sa talent niya kasi kitang-kita naman natin ‘yung (galing niya),” the 23-year old Midsayap, North Cotabato-native said of Romeo. “Ako kilalang-kilala ko na siya noon sa FEU eh. Ngayong nasa PBA na siya heto naging witness ako sa performance niya.”
“Napapa-wow pa rin ako,” added Belo.
The UAAP Season 78 Finals MVP even considered Romeo as an inspiration to the Tams during his time.
“Sa FEU grabe ang hard work niya. Isa sa siya sa inspiration sa amin na mga kasabayan niya kasi iba ang extra workout niya pagdating sa practice, na nagi-extra pa talaga siya,” he said.
The win propelled Blackwater to 4-2 – the squad’s best start since joining the league two seasons ago.
It was extra special for Belo.
“Para sa team masaya naman ako then si Terrence pa ang nakalaban ko,” said Belo. “May times pa nga kanina na nagbabantayan kami eh. Nababantayan ko siya so natsa-challenge ako.”
Still, Belo admitted that containing Romeo was a tough task.
“Maganda ang game plan kasi namin. Ang average ata niyan dito may ilang games siyang naka-30. Na-limit namin ang points niya pero kahit grabe na ang depensa namin nakakagawa pa rin (siya),” he said.
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