PBA: Gilas loss fuels Romeo's record 48-point outing vs. Luzon

Paul Lintag on May 26, 2018 12:05 PM
PBA: Gilas loss fuels Romeo's record 48-point outing
Romeo scored an All-Star game record 48 points Friday, leading Gilas to a pulsating 152-149 win over the loaded Luzon All-Stars. (PBA Images)

BATANGAS CITY, Batangas --- Last year, Gilas Pilipinas went 2-1-0 in the PBA All-Star Games, with the lone blemish being a draw against the Mindanao All-Stars.

This year, the national team already took a loss to Mindanao and after fielding only eight players for the main leg here, Gilas was in trouble of going down 0-2 in the yearly festivities.

Well, Terrence Romeo made sure Team Philippines would prevail.

Romeo scored an All-Star game record 48 points Friday, leading Gilas to a pulsating 152-149 win over the loaded Luzon All-Stars.

While the All-Star Game is a treat to the fans and is generally just a glorified exhibition, carrying the name of the national team meant a little more for Romeo and the rest of his crew.

"Napag-usapan din namin na since talo kami last game, dahil national team yung dinadala namin, kailangan namin manalo," Romeo said, who shot 57 percent from the field in an unconscious performance.

"Sinabi ni coach Yeng [Guiao] na okay mag-enjoy, pero at the same time, kailangan namin manalo," he added.

Just last week, Romeo appeared to miss the All-Star Games after tweaking his ankle in a game against Blackwater.

Terrence was a game-time decision vs. Mindanao just two days ago. But now, he just dropped a cool 48 points. Terrence also had 11 assists and six rebounds for good measure.

"Bihira lang naman to mangyari sa isang taon and bihira mo lang mapasyalan yung mga lugar na may nagi-idolo sayo," Romeo said.

"Ayokong ma-disappoint sila na kahit may masakot sakin, gusto ko pa rin maglaro at makita nila ako. Kahit paano, mapasaya ko sila," Terrence added, talking about the fans in Batangs City.

Romeo's record performance naturally earned him the MVP award. It was his third in the All-Star Games.

However, Terrence was quick to deflect the credit.

"Masaya sobra," he said.

"Thank God. Sobrang saya at thankful ak kay God, syempre lalong-lalo na sa teammates ko. Kung di dahil sa kanila, di ko makukuha yun," Romeo added.

 

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