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‘Favorite ako ng referee’: Romeo laments Game Two ejection

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Miles Morales

The ever-fiery Terrence Romeo has reached his boiling point during Game Two of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, resulting in his ejection.

For the three-time scoring champions, the lead referee of that game that saw the San Miguel tied the Finals series against Magnolia was singling him out.

Seconds after knocking down his second three of the game that gave San Miguel an imposing 96-78 lead over Magnolia, Romeo quickly incurred two technical fouls, leading to his ejection.

“Para sa akin, napansin ko kasi yung referee, kanina pa niya ko tinatawagan ng mali. ‘Yun lang ‘yung mainit sa akin tingin ko,” said Romeo, referring to veteran league official Peter Balao.

“Favorite niya ‘ko eh. Pero sa susunod dapat tawagan niya ulit ako ng ganun.”

With 6:23 left, Mark Barroca pressed Romeo, with a foul called on the former. Romeo then threw a chest pass to Balao that resulted in a quick tech.

Nakakainis lang kasi alam ko nakikita niya eh, sa harapan niya nangyayari,” Romeo recalled since he felt there were many missed calls against him.

“Tapos pinasa ko lang yung bola sa kanya, tapos tinechnical niya ako.”

As Paul Lee made his free throw, Romeo – who felt the referee was singling him out – continued to bark at him, resulting in his expulsion from the contest.

San Miguel team governor Robert Non, fellow Beermen Christian Standhardinger, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Arwind Santos were then seen trying to pacify Romeo.

But Romeo admitted he’d been in the spur of the moment.

“Hindi ko alam. Hindi ko narinig yung sinasabi niya kasi inaaway ko yung referee. An alam ko inaaway ko yung referee [kaya] dapat maintindihan niya yung side namin kasi nakaka-frustrate sa side ko e.”

Romeo ended up with 13 points, as San Miguel held on to a 108-101 win to tie the series.