PBA: Terrence scores record 48 points as Gilas takes down Luzon
Paul Lintag on May 25, 2018 09:38 PM
The Bro scored a record 48 points Friday at the City Sports Center in Batangas, leading Gilas Pilipinas to a competitive 152-149 win over the Luzon All-Stars in the main leg of this year's festivities. (PBA Images)
BATANGAS CITY, Batangas --- Terrence Romeo can get buckets. Everyone knows that.
Now, everyone should also know that Romeo has scored the most points in one outing in the history of the PBA All-Star Game.
The Bro scored a record 48 points Friday at the City Sports Center here, leading Gilas Pilipinas to a competitive 152-149 win over the Luzon All-Stars in the main leg of this year's festivities.
The game appeared to be over after June Mar Fajardo put Gilas up eight, 152-144, with 41 seconds to go.
However, Luzon had one last run in them as a Japeth Aguilar layup cut the deficit to six with 32 seconds left.
Then with 10 seconds to go, Arwind Santos hit a booming three at the top of the key for a 152-149 count. LA Tenorio managed to steal the inbound pass but his game-tying triple from the left wing was off, allowing the depleted national team to escape.
"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. He also had 11 assists and six rebounds.
"Sinabi ni coach Yeng [Guiao] na okay mag-enjoy, pero at the same time, kailangan namin manalo," he added.
Gilas entered the game with only eight players and was dow to only seven before the first quarter was halfway done as Allein Maliksi tweaked his ankle.
However, the national team dominated the first half with Romeo already firing 26 points.
The Philippines led by as many as 20 points in the second half before the game got close in the final minute.
After Romeo, June Mar Fajardo scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Gilas while Troy Rosario added 20 points.
Jio Jalalon completed a triple-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was the second triple-double in the history of the All-Star Game and the first since Willie Miller in 2007.
For Luzon, Japeth Aguilar led the way with 43 points and 15 rebounds while Arwind Santos fired 32. Calvin Abueva finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds.
Gilas wraps up the All-Star Games with a duel against the Visayas All-Stars on Sunday in Iloilo City.
SMART ALL-STARS 152 — Romeo 48, Fajardo 30, Rosario 20, Pogoy 17, Norwood 13, Jalalon 12, Belo 10, Maliksi 2.
LUZON ALL-STARS 149 — Aguilar 43, Santos 32, Abueva 23, Cabagnot 13, Tenorio 12, Lee 9, Castro 7, Lassiter 5, Wright 3, Almazan 2, Pringle 0.
Quarters: 47-38, 86-70, 121-106, 152-149.
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