The three-time scoring champion looked like the old Bro.
It has been quite a while since Terrence Romeo of the San Miguel Beermen has had a clean bill of health.
The long wait appears to be over.
With the Beermen parading a PBA On Tour lineup sans big guns June Mar Fajardo, Cjay Perez, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Simon Enciso, the three-time scoring champion seized the moment against the Phoenix LPG Fuel Masters on Wednesday, delivering a vintage performance sure to excite San Miguel fans.
The 5-foot-11 guard scored a game-high 27 points and looked his usual spry, explosive self, getting to the basket and making it rain from deep for the Beermen—albeit in a losing effort as the Fuel Masters held on for the 106-101 victory at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Romeo was particularly masterful in the second quarter, where he engineered San Miguel’s furious fight back from 26 points down by scoring 21 of his 27 points in a variety of ways, like the Romeo of old. The Bro scored 14 of the Beermen’s final 17 points of second frame to cut down a 53-27 deficit to a more manageable 61-44 disadvantage at the half.
The Bro slowed down in the second half, largely because Robbie Herndon, Jericho Cruz, and Mo Tautaa all started chipping in for the Beermen. But the prolific guard did add 6 more points in the game’s final stretch as San Miguel tried in vain to make one final push to overtake Phoenix.
The Fuel Masters, though, staved off Romeo and the Beermen, thanks to a solid team effort that saw eight Phoenix players score in double-digits, led by Simon Camacho’s 15 markers and Tyler Tio’s 14.
San Miguel goes on the road again on Saturday, May 27, as they take on the NorthPort Batang Pier at the Caloocan Sports Complex. Phoenix, on the other hand, returns to action on Sunday, May 28, versus the Meralco Bolts, also at the Ynares Center.
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