Still a long way back, says Terrence Romeo of return to old form

Terrence Romeo (with the ball) scored two of his 27 points against Phoenix center back Raul Soyud.

Terrence Romeo (with the ball) scored two of his 27 points against Phoenix center back Raul Soyud. —PBA IMAGES

Terrence Romeo feels there’s still a lot of work to be done to get back in shape even after scoring 27 points on San Miguel Beer’s debut in the two-month PBA On Tour series.

“I still have a long way to go,” Romeo said in Filipino after the game. Beermen’s 106-101 loss to Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

He took 12 of 23 shots, added five rebounds and seven assists in 38 minutes, a significant amount of time Romeo missed out because of a back injury that left the former home world champion. goal-scoring opponents have been sidelined for most of the last three congresses.

Coach Jorge Gallent chose to give Romeo as much exposure as possible in the opening game of On Tour, a perfect backdrop to prepare the veteran guard for what’s to come for the expected 48th season. ​in October.

There are glimpses of old Romeo, posting 16 in the first half, though he’s the first to admit that he’ll have to wait before reclaiming his time in the series.

“I told Jorge that I shouldn’t be in a hurry because it’s the first time I’ve played this long in a season. [one and a half] five,” he said. “So I tried to put my movement and feeling into the game until I could feel comfortable on the pitch.”

Romeo appeared in just nine games between the season-ending 2021-22 Governors Cup and the recent Beermen Governor’s Cup.

Window of opportunity

San Miguel also opened the series by giving its casters a chance with June Mar Fajardo, CJ Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Simon Enciso and Chris Ross seeing no action against Phoenix.

In addition to Romeo, tense minutes were awarded to Allyn Bulanadi, Rodney Brondial and Robbie Herndon, who added 21 points.

Center Nonoy Baclao, who joined the team after a few seasons with Meralco, plus Chester Saldua and Marvin Lee from San Miguel’s 3×3 team also played heavily in hopes of securing a spot on the talent roster.

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