- Basketball star said PH’s defeat to China in 2015 FIBA Asia still fresh in his mind
- He explained his late-game heroics, said he had promised to avenge team’s loss
MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas point guard Terrence Romeo made waves in the Asian basketball scene once again after single-handedly lifting the country over powerhouse China during their clash at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Wednesday night.
Romeo ended up scoring 26 points—including the crucial 8 which put away the Chinese for good in the fourth quarter.
According to the basketball player, his sterling performance had been the result of continuously reminding himself of the country’s heartbreaking loss at the hands of China in the 2015 FIBA Asia Cup.
“When we lost in Changsha, I promised myself China would face a different Terrence if we ever meet again,” the Philippine Daily Star quoted him as saying. “I didn’t want our preparation–my preparation–for that particular game to go to waste.”
Romeo added that this thought motivated him to go all-out in the game against China.
“I was ready to take blame if we’d lose the game. I was just telling myself, if I get the chance to win the game, I would do it,” he said.
Romeo’s performance was praised not only by his team, but also by those coming other countries.
“He’s on his way to earning nickname Big Shot Romeo of Asia,” Jordan coach Sam Daghlas.
Aside from Romeo, other Gilas players who stepped up to the plate were Christian Standhardinger who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds, Japeth Aguilar with 7 points and 5 blocks, Jayson Castro with 13 points and 7 assists, Matthew Wright with 12 points, and Raymond Almazan added 9 points.
Next up in Gilas’ assignment is Iraq, with the two teams set to face each other on Friday 9 PM.
Video of Terrence Romeo’s highlights vs. China: