Terrence Romeo made going through Friday the 13th worth it for PBA fans who got to see his dazzling performance on a Friday evening. Terrence Romeo finished the game with a game high 32 points, 5 rebound, 4 assist and 8 3PT made performance to blowout the NLEX Road Warriors.
Most of the time, you don’t find blowouts exciting — where’s the fun in watching one team dominate another? But sometimes, blowouts are from where great performance spring. And what a great performance this was.
It was a close game for most of the 2nd half. GlobalPort’s dribble drive was in full effect and NLEX’s offense, a weakness for them the entire conference (dead last in ORTG at 87.9), was anemic as usual scoring only 38 points on an awful 43.1 TS% and 10 turnovers. It was a godawful performance. The score at the half? 38-50.
It was already a blowout at that point, with GlobalPort holding all the momentum. But it wasn’t a slow build up. It was an explosion — one that saw Terrence Romeo orchestrate a 17-point explosion in a matter of 5 minutes. He hit 4 three pointers in that stretch — 3 of them on back-to-back-to-back makes to make what was a manageable deficit of 6 pile up into a mountain of 13.
At that point, the game was pretty much over. Even after Kevin Alas tried to resuscitate his team with 3 straight triples of his own in the 3rd, to cut a sizeable 12 point lead to a much more manageable 5. That was fool’s gold. GlobalPort’s other gunner, Stanley Pringle, would make 2 And-1s to kill whatever momentum NLEX was able to gain thanks to the Alas barrage. A 12-0 run will do that to you.
It was a blowout from start to finish but, if you look for it, the game was fun to watch. There was the Romeo explosion, then the Coach Yeng dugout ‘Tangina bakit di tayo makascore? Di ba kayo marunong magshoot?!’outrage, then came the Alas comeback and then, finally, the Stanley Pringle coup de grace. The 4th was basically NLEX bleeding out until the inevitable sound of the buzzer signaling another loss for a team struggling to find its footing under new head coach Yeng Guiao.
GlobalPort is now tied with Rain or Shine at 2nd with identical 5-3 records while NLEX drops to 2-6, tied with Meralco for the worst standing in the league.