GlobalPort welcomed flamboyant guard Terrence Romeo back from injury just in time for their crucial game against Phoenix in the last day of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.
A win would give them a chance to finish at number 6 and avoid going into the quarters with twice-to-win disadvantage.
The Batang Pier, however, couldn’t get their game going and fell behind by as much as 31 points against a determined Phoenix squad fighting for its tournament life. The Mikee Romero-owned team were able to make a fight out of it by cutting the deficit to only four with time down to the last minute but crucial lapses, probably brought about by fatigue, spelled doom for the attempted comeback.
Romeo, who missed the team’s first 10 games due to a knee contusion, picked up where he left off and hardly showed any signs that he was just coming off an injury by top scoring for the team with 20 points on 8/18 shooting from the field in 30 minutes of action.
His effort, however, fell short as GlobalPort bowed to Phoenix and along with it a chance to finish in the top 6.
Sean Anthony refused to put the blame on Romeo after there were concerns that the 24-year old native of Imus, Cavite would only disrupt the team’s chemistry, especially since the Gilas mainstay has a tendency to demand the ball a lot and deprive his teammates of scoring opportunities.
“No. Phoenix came out and they just had a solid game plan to start the game and we shot the ball horribly. I think we shot 17 percent from 3 and they were forcing rotations to make us hit jumpers and we couldn’t execute and make them,” said Anthony.
GlobalPort will take on Magnolia in quarterfinals with the first game scheduled on Tuesday, March 6, at the MOA Arena.