San Miguel lost to a determined Meralco squad, 95-91, during the two teams’ last elimination round game, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts lived to fight another day while the Beermen dropped to 7th as the loss, coupled by the Magnolia defeat in the other game, sent the team into a triple tie with the Hotshots and Rain or Shine at 5-6. And no thanks to inferior quotient, the powerhouse team is now burdened with a twice-to-win disadvantage against second-running NorthPort.
For Terrence Romeo, however, the Beermen’s current predicament is a welcome challenge for the reigning Philippine Cup titlist.
“Siguro kailangan naming i-take as a challenge for us. Galing kaming championship pero di naman namin inaasahan na ganito ang mangyayari. Dito masusubok yung character ng team namin, kung paano kami babalik,” said the 3-time PBA scoring champion.
“Ang mahalaga, mag-prepare kami. Paghahandaan namin ang mga kalaban namin at kung ano man ang mangyayari,” he added.
The fact that San Miguel will take on his very first team in the league is not an issue at all for the 27-year old native of Imus, Cavite.
“Nandoon na yun, pero maliit lang ang mundo ng basketball. Di naman ito ako lang versus sa former team ko eh. Team pa rin ito,” said the 2014 UAAP MVP.