College Hoops

Terrence Romeo: The Big Switch

FILE PHOTO: Terrence Romeo (Photo by Jerome Ascano/NPPA Images)FILE PHOTO: Terrence Romeo (Photo by Jerome Ascano/NPPA Images)

Die-hard Far Eastern University fans would remember Terrence Romeo's record-shattering 83-point explosion in a UAAP juniors match in 2009. He was just a high school senior then.

These days, the five-foot-nine guard is in his second year with the Tamaraws. Come UAAP Season 74, Romeo will be sporting a weapon virtually nonexistent in his arsenal before: lockdown defense.

"Depensa na ang pinakamalakas na parte ng laro ko ngayon," the sophomore also known for his spiky hair told Yahoo! College Hoops.

The change was a bit surprising for Romeo, who averaged 8.0 points and shot 49 percent from the three-point line last season.

"Iba sa college, depensa ang mas mahalaga talaga," he added. "Defense muna ako ngayon bago offense. Kapag maganda nag-defense, dun na papasok ang offense ko."

Romeo attributes the change to difference in style between returning coach Bert Flores and ex-Tamaraw mentor Glenn Capacio.

"Nung nagbago yung coach, nagbago rin yung sistema namin," he said. "Nag-focus kami sa fastbreak at defense."

Capacio is known for his team's more deliberate half-court sets while Flores, the man behind the Morayta-based five's last championship in 2005, will rely on his squad's speed and athleticism to initiate fastbreaks and pressure their opponents more, according to Romeo.

With the core of their Season 74 runner-up squad almost intact, he believes that FEU has a bigger chance to win all the marbles this year, owing to the fact that they have gone through the tragedy that was last year and came back stronger and more united.

"Mas solid kami ngayon," the wily playmaker-cum-slasher said. "Mas buong-buo at nag-improve ang defense naming lahat."

And while Romeo has made the "big switch," teams, especially fellow contenders, are taking notice.

"Grabe ang improvement ni Romeo," De La Salle coach Dindo Pumaren said before their FilOil Flying V Premier Cup quarterfinals tussle.

"I'm overwhelmed," Romeo when told of the words of the ex-PBA point guard. "Masaya kasi nag-improve pala ako. So lalo ko pang pagbubutihin para mabigyan sila ng mas magandang laban."

The former Letran Squire also added that the Green Archers would probably be their biggest foes this season, primarily because of their young core and quickness.

"Aggressive sila mula first hanggang fourth quarter," he said. "Di mo pa masabi kung sino ang puputok."

Romeo has come a long way from his electrifying scoring binges (he averaged almost 40 points per game as a senior) while at FEU-FERN.

Scoring is not my cup of tea now, so says the 19-year-old. As a matter of fact, four of his teammates can deliver the Tamaraws' offensive punch in a snap. After all, what FEU needs from their prized sophomore is defense.

  • Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

    Although rare, certain activities can result in a temporary memory loss and brain fog, called transient global amnesia. For example, sex has been reported to cause this memory problem, with patients forgetting the past day or so, and having difficulty forming new memories. …

  • Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet
    Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet

    When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the Earth's surface takes shape. For today's Earth day, here are some of Earth's biggest unsolved mysteries. Scientists think Earth was a dry rock after it coalesced 4.5 billion years ago. But the beginnings of Earth's water are shrouded in mystery because so little rock evidence remains from this time period. …

  • Angel calls birthday boy Luis ‘amazing’
    Angel calls birthday boy Luis ‘amazing’

    [caption id="attachment_130927" align="alignright" width="300"] Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano (Instagram)[/caption] Angel Locsin is extra sweet to boyfriend Luis Manzano today, with the latter commemorating his 33rd birthday. The actress authorized Sagip Kapamilya Foundation to auction the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, which is her dream car. …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster has reportedly tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who she has been dating for less than a year. …

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Eruption now engaged to GF

    Eruption now engaged to GF

    MB - Wed, Apr 23, 2014
    Eruption now engaged to GF

    [caption id="attachment_131583" align="alignright" width="240"] Newly engaged couple Eric Tai and Rona Samson; (inset) Samson’s engagement ring (Instagram)[/caption] Eric “Eruption” Tai has already proposed to his non-showbiz girlfriend Rona Samson. The “It’s Showtime” mainstay offered Samson the ring near Mayon Volcano, Albay over the Holy week break. Tai shared during Monday’s episode of “It’s Showtime,” how he asked Samson the big question. “Umakyat kami, siyempre Eruption at Mayon Volcano. …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    AFP News - 7 hours ago
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Cover Media - 17 hours ago
    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster has reportedly tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who she has been dating for less than a year. …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options