Two months after his stint in the 2017 SEABA Championships here in Manila, Terrence Romeo will once again don the Philippines’ colors, this time in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup set in August in Beirut, Lebanon.
And with his return to the national team, the flamboyant 25-year-old star combo guard of the Globalport Batang Pier could not be more thankful.
“Masaya,” said the native of Imus, Cavite after Gilas’ practice session, Thursday night at the Upper Deck Gym in Pasig City.
“Magkakaroon na naman kami ng chance i-represent ang country. Sobrang thankful kami.”
“Sobrang thankful ako kay Coach Chot sa tiwala, ganun din sa management na bumubuo ng Gilas. Ibibigay namin yung best namin. Gagawin ko lahat ng makakaya ko, yung alam kong maitutulong ko sa team,” declared Romeo, who is averaging 12.1 points in FIBA-sanctioned events.
The current Gilas squad due for Lebanon is far from the ones he worked with back in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, as a handful of rookies such as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Cruz, and Roger Pogoy have been added into the mix.
Romeo does not have any qualms, even singing the praises of the young guns, as he believes that the Cadets have what it takes to keep at-par not only with the seasoned teammates, but with their rivals overseas.
“Sobrang sipag saka talagang focused sila sa mga ginagawa nila,” said Romeo, a silver medalist in the 2015 FIBA Asia cagewars, of the cadets. “Tingin ko naman yung experience andun na. Yung sipag, yung hard work andun na rin.
“Alam ko magiging maganda yung lalaruin nila this coming FIBA.”