GlobalPort Batang Pier coach Franz Pumaren couldn’t be prouder of his star guard Terrence Romeo who carried the Philippine national males’s basketball crew to an enormous upset towards China within the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon.
From the PBA, Romeo introduced his explosive methods to Beirut as he scored 14 factors within the fourth interval to raise Gilas Pilipinas to the rousing win final Wednesday.
“Of course, just like our countrymen, I’m so proud of what Gilas Pilipinas has achieved, and more proud on my player, Terrence Romeo,” Pumaren informed InterAksyon.
The Filipinos’ efficiency towards the closely favored Chinese introduced again reminiscences for Pumaren when he was nonetheless a participant for the national crew. He was a member of the Northern Cement-backed Philippine crew that gained the Asian Championship in 1986.
The squad beat China within the remaining recreation to seize the crown.
“It was one of my most memorable games. We beat a strong Chinese team. But we also had one game where we nearly lost to South Korea. We spent the New Year in Malaysia as our tournament was held late December of 1985 and finished early January, but we were given a hero’s welcome by our countrymen,” stated Pumaren who served a backup for Hector Calma within the loaded squad bannered by Jeff Moore and Dennis Still.
“I think we were ahead of everybody when it comes to getting naturalized players at that time.”
As an icing on the cake, that Chinese crew was thought-about as the perfect one which the Philippines ever defeated, in keeping with beginner PBA historian Jay P. Mercado.
“That 1986 team was the best and most complete Chinese team that we beat in recent memory. We defeated them in the finals, 82-72. Noteworthy names in that Chinese team included Sun Fengwu, Wanglibin, Wang Fei, Zhang Bin, Song Ligang and Gong Luming,” Mercado stated.