Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Terrence Romeo sees his Gilas stint within the Asian Video games as a stern check. —FIBA PHOTO

Terrence Romeo, unquestionably, is thrilled to be again on the Gilas Pilipinas program. However an growing older body and a bevy of accidents have really humbled the San Miguel standout.

“I’m nonetheless assured. However in fact, there are questions that linger in my thoughts,” he instructed the Inquirer in Filipino throughout a chat throughout one of many Nationals’ practices at PhilSports Area in Pasig Metropolis.

“However on the identical time, I do know that the one option to reply these is when the video games are on,” he went on.

Romeo’s final stint with the nationwide crew was again in 2018—when Gilas figured in an notorious brawl with visiting Australia throughout a Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup Asian qualifying match at Philippine Area in Bulacan.

Between that point and his latest call-up, Romeo additionally battled a number of accidents, probably the most threatening was a herniated disc that saved him on sick bay for 9 months.

Now, he could have the chance to show that he’s nonetheless the identical deadly participant that lots of his followers have been vouching for each time basketball leaders put collectively a squad for worldwide competitions.

“You already know, I’m grateful that there are nonetheless lots of people who imagine in me,” he stated. “This can be a new likelihood for me. It’s been too lengthy since I’ve performed [for Gilas] and I’ve been questioning if I’m nonetheless match for the massive stage.”

“By the mercy of God, I’m wholesome now. I’ve been away from aggressive basketball. I performed the PBA’s On Tour (event) for under 5 video games. So now, the precedence is to get again to my timing and rhythm,” he stated.

Romeo is shaping as much as be one of many largest attracts for the Asian Video games-bound (Asiad) squad, alongside Barangay Ginebra’s beloved import and Gilas naturalized ahead Justin Brownlee and one other eccentric expertise in Calvin Abueva.

And he’s welcoming each little bit of stress that comes with it.

“I’m OK with that,” he stated with a smile. “That’ll be a problem for me. I’m so excited to know what else I can provide as a participant.”

Romeo is among the many PBA standouts that make up Tim Cone’s squad for the Hangzhou, China, bid that begins in opposition to Bahrain on Sept. 26.

Additionally bunched with the Philippines in Group C are Thailand and Jordan. INQ

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