PBA: Romeo will be problem of other teams, not SMB

by Waylon Galvez

San Miguel Beer veteran guard Chris Ross thinks that a “scoring machine” like Terrence Romeo on the team would be more of a problem to opposing teams than them in the coming PBA Season.

San Miguel’s Chris Ross gestures after sinking a three-point shot against Ginebra during game 3 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

“Whenever you can get a scorer like that on a team like ours, it says about our experience,” said Ross, one of the main backcourt players of SMB who will share playing minutes with Romeo at the guard position. “We welcome him (Romeo) with open arms. It’s always good to get a talent like that. We just have to get him in here and get him acclimated on how we do things,” added Ross.

Ross said he was able to talk to Romeo a few days after the deal that sent the scoring guard to SMB from TNT KaTropa in a trade that involved David Semerad and Brian Heruela plus a 2021 second round pick.

According to Ross, Romeo expressed excitement on playing for San Miguel.

While most observers point at chemistry as a problem, Ross thinks they have enough experienced players such as him, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and four-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo to guide Romeo.

“We have a team full of veterans, so we’ll figure it out. Whatever we have to go through we’re going to figure it out,” said Ross.

The 6-foot-1 Ross went through the same route as he struggled in his first five seasons. This was with the now-defunct Coca-Cola Tigers and then the Meralco Bolts before he found a home in SMB when he joined the team in 2013.

The only time Ross silenced his critics was when San Miguel started winning championships. He feels that this is what Romeo needs to do to prove his detractors wrong.

“As they say, winning heals all. So as long as we’re winning, it’ll heal everything. We have a good track record of winning here so far, so hopefully we can keep that train moving and everything will be fine,” he said.

Tags: Alex Cabagnot , Arwind Santos , Brian Heruela , Chris Ross , David Semerad , San Miguel Beer , Terrence Romeo