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Terrence Romeo stepping up for San Miguel Beermen

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Beermen advance to Terrific 12 semis (1:55)

Dez Wells, Lester Prosper, and Terrence Romeo powered the San Miguel Beermen past Ryukyu, 101-92 on Thursday. (1:55)

MACAU -- Terrence Romeo's performance through two games at the the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament is opening eyes as he is scorching the Chinese and Japanese defenders. His 3-point efficiency shows the former three-time PBA scoring champion is back in the groove.

With officials from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas mapping out a roadmap for the FIBA World Cup in 2023 and Gilas Pilipinas' 0-for-5 showing at the FIBA World Cup in China fresh in everyone's minds, Romeo might be a perfect fit.

Gilas averaged 25.2 percent from three-point range in the recent FIBA World Cup in China, the second worst shooting percentage in the tournament.

Romeo is building a case for his inclusion on the next World Cup roster.

Romeo, 27, has been the Beermen's second leading scorer in the Terrific 12, just behind import Dez Wells.

The 5-foot-10 guard has had the green light to shoot with June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, and Alex Cabagnot all unavailable.

In the two group stage games where one loss could mean elimination, Romeo has averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range.

Some of Romeo's defenders in the tournament are taller than him. But given the SMB guard's experience in previous Gilas stints, he knows how to create space for him to take a clear shot at the basket. And in SMB's tournament debut on Tuesday, the Beermen got off to a hot start, leading by as much as 17 points in the first quarter.

When the Shenzhen Aviators patiently cut San Miguel's lead to within 62-61 early in the fourth quarter, Romeo took charge. Romeo connected on three 3-pointers to put the Beermen comfortably ahead. Romeo finished with 17 points.

Two days later, facing elimination against the defending champions Ryukyu Golden Kings, Romeo again took charge, this time after San Miguel fell behind early, 17-9.

Romeo scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half to help SMB grab a 54-46 lead.

Wells and the Beermen crusied to a 101-92 win to set up a semifinal clash with the Liaoning Flying Leopards and Lance Stephenson.

Romeo's performance in two games in Macau against international competition might give the next Gilas coach something to consider.