MANILA, Philippines – Globalport Batang Pier standout Terrence Romeo continues to be a puzzle that Asian teams in the William Jones Cup have been unable to solve.
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The 23-year-old Romeo turned in another strong performance for Gilas Pilipinas in their 75-60 victory over Japan on Wednesday, September 2. Coming off the bench, Romeo led Gilas scorers with 16 points, while adding 4 rebounds and 2 assists, but did most of his damage when Gilas needed it most.
The former UAAP MVP and reigning PBA Most Improved Player of the Year ended the third quarter with an off-balanced bank shot that put his team ahead 46-44. To start the fourth period, Romeo drove to the paint and scored again, increasing Gilas’ lead to 4, which they didn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
Terrence Romeo barrels through Japanese defenders for the buzzer beater at end of third quarter #labanpilipinas pic.twitter.com/3LwliWB1pu— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) September 2, 2015
Romeo also hit two 3-pointers, attacked the interior multiple times to find open shooters, and left stars in the eyes of his Japanese defenders with his series of crossovers and hesitation moves. He didn’t limit his production to putting the ball in the hoop himself, dishing out an assist on the first of Moala Tautuaa’s two dunks that sent Filipino fans in Taiwan and those watching at home in a frenzy.
The rising star will have another chance to shine when Philippines takes on its Asian rival Iran on Thursday, September 3.
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