PBA: Terrence Romeo cites breath of fresh air as TNT wins third straight

Philip Matel on Sep 30, 2018 08:42 PM
Romeo cites breath of fresh air TNT wins 3rd straight
Terrence Romeo says the revamp has helped the TNT KaTropa into a renewed sense of purpose.

It seems that the TNT KaTropa had found their niche, or so at least according to Terrence Romeo, as his team won their third straight at the expense of the winless NorthPort Batang Pier.

Romeo scored 25 points including nine in the fourth quarter, as his team came back from 23 points down in the second quarter, 60-37, and trailed 95-77 in the last eight minutes of the game before stealing the win, 104-102.

It is the second game of the new-look coaching staff, which includes head coach Bong Ravena, team consultant Mark Dickel, and returning coach Tab Baldwin.

The spitfire point guard says the revamp has helped the team into a renewed sense of purpose.

The former FEU standout noted that players had already grown accustomed to their roles and their willingness under a new direction played a key role in their comeback effort, led by Dickel himself.

"Talagang simula pagpasok [ni Mark] sa dugout ng first pa lang... first pasok niya sa dugout, talagang sobrang positive na siya hanggang kahit na lamang na yung kalaban, pagpasok niya sa first half, wala siyang pinagalitan, wala siyang sinabing kahit ano," Romeo said of the consultant.

Even though the three-time scoring leader looked to have steered the ship to the comeback win, he deflected it to his veteran teammates, who were very vocal along with the coaching staff.

Also noticeable is the 5-foot-10 guard's leaner physique, a product of the team's no-carbohydrate diet for the past two weeks. He added that he lost some 15 pounds in two weeks, though he admitted to cheating the system.

"No carbs eh sabi, pero syempre minsan, di mo naman.. Kahit ako, di mo na mapipigilan. Sa sobrang hirap ng practice mo, talagang mapapakain ka pa rin ng carbs pag-uwi mo."

Romeo also credited the New Zealander's robust practice routine that should help him get in shape for the next season, the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

"So tinetake advantage ko yun para mag-lose ng weight para mas maging in shape kasi nung early part ng conference nga, kahit nung first conference ko sa All Filipino ba yun.. .All Filipino, wala talaga ako sa shape eh. Tsaka yung practice namin, credit sa coach namin, kay coach Mark. Grabe yung practice namin."

 

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