Terrence Romeo's San Miguel Beer debut was cut short after spraining his ankle in their 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup opener against Columbian Dyip on Friday.
Romeo's left foot landed on Rashawn McCarthy's in transition in the third period. He played on but was subbed out possessions later.
Before sitting out the rest of the match, the former PBA scoring champion had seven points, four assists, and two rebounds.
"I took a pain reliever but couldn't return to the game because it still hurt," he said in Filipino after the 124-118 loss to the Dyip.
"I wanted to force it, but I thought it would only aggravate the injury. I would only be a liability on defense, (so) I decided to just sit it out."
As of posting, there's no timetable for his return.
"If it swells, I might not be able to play next game. Even if I force myself to play, I won't be able to help the team if it still hurts by then," he said.
It was a tough debut for Romeo, who is looking to prove himself after his exit from the TNT KaTropa.
He found a new home in the Beermen, a team overflowing with talent. Romeo, though, likes his situation with the Beermen who are loaded with stars such as June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross.
"I'm still adjusting. I don't want all eyes on me. I just want to play basketball and help my new team," he said.