PBA: Romeo on McCarthy after scuffle: "Mabait yun si Rashawn"
Paul Lintag on Sep 02, 2018 07:42 PM
"Yung samin ni Rashawn, konting trash talk lang. Syempre close fight, di mo maiiwasan yun," --- Terrence Romeo.
Late in overtime of Sunday's clash between TNT and Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, things almost got out of hand as KaTropa guard Terrence Romeo got into with Dyip gunner Rashawn McCarthy.
With less than two minutes to go, the two were barking at each other face-to-face after a deadball and Romeo appeared to launch a headbutt to separate himself from McCarthy.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and nothing came out of it except for Terrence getting called for a technical.
It didn't end there however as in the next TNT possession, Romeo found himself one-on-one against McCarthy.
Terrence went on to beat Rashawn to score a clutch driving lay-up and he immediately went to McCarthy's face again, shouting at his defender.
Romeo says things just got intense between the two of them.
"Yung samin ni Rashawn, konting trash talk lang. Syempre close fight, di mo maiiwasan yun," Terrence said.
"Pero magkaibigan kami, I mean nagbabatian kami although di kami nagsasama ng matagal. Nothing is personal, kung ano nangyari sa court, stay lang sa court," he added.
The high-scoring KaTropa guard was all praises on McCarthy after the game, saying Rashawn is one of the genuine good guys in the league.
However, if things got rough on the court, Romeo says he's prepared to stand up for himself.
"Sabi ko lang ano... samin kaming mga player, hindi natin kailangan magitrahan. Basketball, laro lang. Pero kung gusto mo, pwede naman ako," Romeo said.
"As much as possible, magkaibigan lang, mag-enjoy lang sa pagba-basketball. Pero mabait yun si Rashawn, hindi dirty player. Naglalaro lang talaga, siguro naging intense lang kanina," he added.
The two eventually made up after the game, sharing an embrace and talking a little bit after TNT beat Columbian, 118-114.
It's all good in the end.
"Si Rashawn naman kumbaga, di naman siya dirty player. Siguro nadala lang. Gusto ko manalo, gusto rin niya manalo," Romeo said.
"Eh nagkakiskisan ng konti, syempre pareho namin di nagustuhan. Part lang ng game. Pero para magalit kami sa isa't-isa na personal, walang ganun," he added.
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