Rookie Terrence Romeo shot a career high 34 points as Globalport Batang Pier smashed Air 21 Express, 114-100, Saturday in the 39th PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Romeo, a fifth overall pick in the recent annual rookie draft and the youngest player
in the pro league today at 21, shot 67 percent in the two-point area and was
six-of-nine in the three-point zone to lead in Batang Pier’s first win.
Batang Pier lost its opening game 87-97 to Petron Blaze last Wednesday.
“I just followed our game plan. Whatever our coach said I always obey
and played hard,” said the 5’11 guard from the Far Eastern University
Globalport started slow but got its bearings to take a 47-46 lead in the first half. It widened the gap to nine points, 83-74, at the end of the third period.
“It’s a good thing we were able to make our 3-pt. shots. Basically that’s our forte as a team. Terrence Romeo is really special for everyone knows. Even in the UAAP we all know that he is good,” said Globalport’s rookie coach Richie Ticzon, who also secured his first victory in the PBA as a coach.
Jaypee Belencion canned a triple to post Batang Pier’s biggest
lead, 101-82. But a 14-2 run by the Express led by Asi Taulava and Joseph Yeo closed the gap at 103-94, but Batang Pier was never threatened after that.
Also contributing for Globalport were Jay Washington with 19 points and Solomon Mercado with 14. Joseph Yeo topscored for Air 21 with 24 and Taulava had 21.