by Waylon Galvez
Terrence Romeo pleaded for understanding after an outburst over officiating led to his ejection in the fourth quarter of San Miguel Beer’s 108-101 win over Magnolia in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals last Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Romeo was ejected with 6:23 left in the fourth after being assessed with two technical fouls for continuously complaining at referee Peter Balao.
The incident, however, didn’t sit well with Beermen Team Governor Robert Non.
Non was even spotted shouting at Romeo to stop, even asking him to go straight the locker room after being tossed by Balao.
The San Miguel official later described the incident as a non-issue after talking to Romeo following the match.
“Hindi ako nakinig sa kung anong sinasabi niya (Non) kasi inaaway ko yung referee,” Romeo told reporters from the San Miguel locker room shortly after his ejection.
“Dapat yung side namin (players) yung maintindihan niya kasi siyempre nakaka-frustrate sa side ko (He should understand our side because on my part it’s very frustrating),” added Romeo.
The PBA Commissioner’s Office has yet to penalize Romeo at presstime though it is likely that the Beermen star will be fined for the two technical incurred.
Romeo was slapped with a first technical when he threw a strong chest pass at Balao after he was fouled by Magnolia’s Mark Barroca with SMB ahead 96-81.
The seven-year pro vehemently protested the call, leading to a second technical.
“Para sa akin napansin ko kasi ‘yung referee, kanina pa niya tinatawagan ako ng mali so ‘yun ‘yung… ‘yun lang talaga ‘yung mainit sa akin tingin ko. Favorite niya ako so ayun (I felt that the referee was making wrong calls),” said Romeo.
“Nakakainis lang kasi alam ko nakikita naman niya eh, sa harapan niya nangyayari eh. Tapos pinasa ko lang ‘yung bola sa kanya, tapos tinechnical na kaagad niya ako (It’s frustrating because I know he can see what’s happening and he immediately called a technical after I passed him the ball).”
“Ewan ko, may nakikita yata na hindi ko nakikita ‘yung referee na ‘yun. Tapos ‘yung dapat niyang makita hindi niya nakikita,” he said.