PBA: After two straight championships, Finals MVP Terrence Romeo is hungry for more
Santino Honasan on Aug 22, 2019 03:56 PM
"Kailangan namin, para sa akin, goal namin is makapag-Grand Slam, so yun yung para sa akin yung pinaka-magandang mindset is mag-set ka ng bagong goal after ng championship para hindi kayo mag-relax." - Terrence Romeo
After spending the first few years of his PBA career chasing a championship and coming up short over and over again, high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo finally reached the promised land as part of the San Miguel Beermen.
In his first two conferences with San Miguel, Romeo has won a championship twice, in the 2019 Philippine Cup and the 2019 Commissioner's Cup.
With the Beermen boasting a deep collection of stars in their guard rotation including former Best Player of the Conference Chris Ross and former Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot, Romeo, the three-time PBA scoring champion naturally had to take a back seat when he arrived on the team.
While admittedly it was a tough transition, Romeo said that it was all about being mature and accepting the role at this point in his career.
"At the end of the day, pag nag-mature ka na tapos mas naintindihan mo yung role mo, hindi ka na magkakaroon ng ganoong time na mahihirapan ka," Romeo told ABS-CBN Sports during the San Miguel Beermen's 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Championship victory party at the San Miguel Corporation office in Ortigas. " As long as ready ka, ready ka sa role na gusto nilang gampanan mo, wala kang magiging problema."
That maturity and willingness to accept a reduced role has yielded nothing but favorable results for the former Far Eastern University Tamaraw, capturing the first two titles of his PBA career and being named Finals MVP during San Miguel's six-game Finals series win over Talk N' Text in the Commissioner's Cup.
"Para sa akin, na-bless lang ako ni God," Romeo said. "Hindi ko naman hinabol yung mga award eh, hindi ko naman hinabol na mag-Finals MVP, ang hinabol ko is talagang makapag-champion kami, makuha namin yung championship, which is yung nag-yari, and sumunod na lang yung mga award after ng hard work."
Now, after two successful conferences, Romeo wants more. Just weeks removed from their Commissioner's Cup conquest, Romeo and the Beermen are already setting their sights on a third title and an even bigger accomplishment: a Grand Slam season.
Romeo and San Miguel are heading into the 2019 Governor's Cup with a chance to become just the fifth team in PBA history to complete a Grand Slam.
"Napaka-sarap sa pakiramdam, pero gutom parin, kasi may bago kaming goal," Romeo expressed. "Kailangan namin, para sa akin, goal namin is makapag-Grand Slam, so yun yung para sa akin yung pinaka-magandang mindset is mag-set ka ng bagong goal after ng championship para hindi kayo mag-relax."
For the Beermen to finally claim that Grand Slam, Romeo said that they have to go back to zero and come into the season-ending conference with a hungry and motivated mindset and forget that they haven't surrendered a championship this season.
"Siguro parang balik sa umpisa, parang wala ka ulit napatunayan or wala ka ulit nagawa, so kung ganun yung magiging mentality mo, kailangan makuha mo yung goal na next goal mo."