I’m 34. I want to show these guys that I’m still here. Paul Lee, he’s already here and made a name for himself. Now you have a guy named Romeo. He’s a very aggressive player and gusto niya ring magpakilala.

-Mark Caguioa

I can’t wait to see how Terrence plays against Ginebra. With the crowd and everything. I remember when I was playing Ginebra, I was like having goosebumps. It’s a feeling that you cannot duplicate with the whole crowd behind us.

-Sol Mercado

Sol Mercado shooting over the Ginebra defense. (Photo Credit: KC Cruz, GMANews)

Sol Mercado shooting over the Ginebra defense. (Photo Credit: KC Cruz, GMA News Sports)

The young rookie, Terrence Romeo has definitely been impressive in his first two games. The league can’t help but notice. Even the long time veteran Eric Menk expressed his thoughts that Romeo reminded him of Ginebra star Mark Caguioa. GlobalPort vs. Ginebra will definitely be a very interesting game.

On one side you have Mark Caguioa, who has been one of the better guards in the league for the past few years. You know he will definitely want to show t0 everyone, especially the young players, that he still has it, that his time hasn’t passed.

On the other side, you have a young, up-and-coming team filled with talent that includes the explosive guard Terrence Romeo. You know Romeo will be giving his A-game as well going against one of the most popular and high profile teams in the PBA. He’s going up against one of the best players in the league in Mark Caguioa and will definitely want to prove himself. Ginebra also features Greg Slaughter who is a very talented rookie center. You know both Romeo and Slaughter want the Rookie of the Year award and it will probably be a two man race for the rest of the year. Another note that might make things interesting is that in the PBA 2013 draft, Ginebra actually picked James Forrester over Terrence Romeo with the 4th pick when many actually considered Romeo to be the best guard in the draft.

Greg Slaughter (Left) and James Forrester (Right) (Photo Credit: Jerome Ascano, Spin.ph)

Greg Slaughter (Left) and James Forrester (Right) (Photo Credit: Jerome Ascano, Spin.ph)

Keys to the Game


GlobalPort might have a tough time inside, especially since they don’t have that rim protector. They have to make up for it by playing solid team defense and securing the boards. They had a very hard time versus Petron and a big part of it was because of June Mar Fajardo. Facing the Slaughter-Aguilar frontcourt will also be a tough one and we’ll see how GlobalPort will adjust with huge mountain giants in the middle.

Make them threes

In the game vs. Air 21, GlobalPort shot very well from three which was huge part of their success and opened things up for them. They have to knock down shots to space the floor.

It takes Five

GlobalPort has success on offense when the ball is moving and guys are looking to set up their teammates for shots. They shared the ball pretty well vs. Air 21 and it showed up in the box score.

Final Thoughts

Everyone will probably have their eyes on Terrence Romeo and how he fares against the Ginebra team but storyline aside, GlobalPort has to  forego individual goals and let team goals be the priority. The Batang Pier team has looked better in their last game and will have to build on their momentum to beat a loaded Ginebra team. It will be an interesting match for sure.