PBA: Terrence Romeo, bench player, didn’t expect Finals MVP
San Miguel guard Terrence Romeo admitted that he didn’t expect to win the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP award in the aftermath of the Beermen’s series-clinching 102-90 Game 6 win on Friday night.
Romeo had 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists in the close-out game, and wounded up with averages of 14.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 4.3 APG.
Being an “off the bench” player for fellow all-stars like Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, Romeo said the Finals MVP award never crossed his mind throughout the series.
“Hindi naisip yon. Ang hirap na magisip ng ganoon lalo na kapag off the bench ka. Ang lagi lang ansa isip ko, ready ako dapat makatulong sa team,” said Romeo.
Acquired by the Beermen at the start of the season from the TNT KaTropa which they beat for the Commissioner’s Cup title, Romeo thanked the Beermen management for welcoming him with open arms and helping him secure his second title.
“Thankful kami na bukod sa nag-champion kami, na-bless pa ako ng Finals MVP,” he said. “Masaya talaga. Thankful din ako dahil sa mga kumupkop sa akin. Winelcome ako ng mga teammates ko simula sa una. Welcome na welcome ako sa kanila kaya malaki ang pasasalamat ko.”
Romeo also downplayed going up against his former team, saying the feeling would be the same regardless of who San Miguel beat for the crown.
Meanwhile, Cabagnot said he was happy for Romeo’s individual achievement.
“I’m very happy for him. Everybody knows his story with TNT. Mahirap yung pinagdaanan niya,” said Cabagnot, adding that the 4-2 win over the KaTropa was “a great series.”