Romeo emerges as scoring champion for PBA season 40
Terrence Romeo, Globalport’s young star feared for his scoring prowess from his high school days, claimed top scoring honors in the just concluded PBA Season 40.
The former Far Eastern University hotshot emerged as the PBA scoring champ just at 23 and in his second year in the local pro league, averaging 19.66 points a game.
He ranked fourth on two-point field-goals made, also fourth on three-point shooting and No. 3 on free throws to be the overall scoring winner in a brilliant sophomore year where he was rewarded the Most Improved Player during the season-end PBA Leo Awards.
He also made the Mythical Second Team in the season that saw him stand out during the All-Star Week in Puerto Princesa, Palawan after ruling the Three-Point Shootout and winning the MVP plums in both the Rookies-Sophomore Game and in the All-Star Game.
Before the start of the season, he was part of the Manila team that ruled the Manila leg of the FIBA Asia 3-on-3 series and thus gained a ticket to the world masters.
He came out with his guns ablaze in each of those special events.
Still, it’s a surprise he beat everybody for the top scoring honors in the PBA season just past.
He beat out 2013 FIBA Asia Mythical Five awardee Jayson Castro (18.04) and back-to-back PBA MVP awardee Junemar Fajardo (17.41) in a close fight for the No. 1 spot.
Rounding out the top 10 scorers were Paul Lee (15.55), Ranidel de Ocampo (15.04), Greg Slaughter (14.84), Stanley Pringle (14.03), Asi Tauvala (13.86), Gary David (13.05) and Calvin Abueva (12.88).
David and Taulava have been both scoring champs for four seasons in a row. Taulava ruled from 2001 with Talk n Text while David from 2009 with Powerade.
Romeo has just joined an elite group of players who have reigned with the highest scoring average at the end of one PBA season. In the list are Bogs Adornado, Danny Florencio, Atoy Co, Ramon Fernandez, Chip Engelland, Ricky Brown, Allan Caidic, Alvin Patrimonio, Jun Limpot, Vergel Meneses, Nelson Asaytono, Eric Menk, Mark Caguioa, James Yap and Mark Cardona.
Romeo showed his promised from his high school days with FEU where he erupted for 83 points in one game. (SB)
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