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Sacrifices paid off for Terrence Romeo as he savors first career championship

by Reynald Magallon, May 16, 2019 12:14am

Terrence Romeo's sacrifices finally paid off as he savors his first career championship after the San Miguel Beermen overcame a 17-point deficit and defeat the Magnolia Hotshots, 72-71 and claim the 2019 Philippine Cup crown.

The flamboyant guard  couldn't contain his emotions during the SMB's dugout celebration now that he tasted his first ever championship in his career after six years playing in the PBA. 

"Sobrang saya, di ko maexpress yung feeling siguro sa lahat ng bagay yung first talaga yung pinakamasarap," said a still teary eyed Romeo after emerging from the San Miguel Beer dugout.

"Ito yung first champion ko simula ng naging basketball player ako, sa baranggay lang ako nagchichampion simula high school college pba d-league days ito yung unang champion ko sa pba ko nakuha. sobrang saya sobrang saya," he added.

The emotion were understandable for the SMB guard after what he went through in the PBA since getting drafted in 2013. After leading the league in scoring for three years, success remained elusive for Romeo who drew numerous criticisms for his style of play.

Romeo then bounced from Globalport to championship contender TNT, reaching the Semis stage for just one time. SMB then took the gamble trading for the enigmatic guard at the start of the season which proved to be the turning point for Romeo's career.

Romeo was glad he finally get the monkey off his back which according to him, came with full of sacrifices.

"Maraming sacrifices maraming learnings. Sakin dapat may sacrifice, before sa previous team ko known ako na scorer sakin yung bola, nagyon nagkaroon ako ng maturity na masasabi ko para sa sarili ko," Romeo said.

"Sanay na ako mahaba yung minuto ko naglalaro, sanay ako na may play sa akin, eh dito hindi, kumbaga yun yung transition na inadjust ko pano ko kaya maaapply yung talent ko nang hindi naapektuhan yung sistema ni Coach Leo and ng San Miguel so medyo nag adjust ako nahirapan ako at first," he further explained.

Romeo however, was quick to emphasize that all the sacrifices were worth it especially now that he can call himself a champion.

"Oo, kahit maging kapalit pa 'nun yung scoring."

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