MANILA - Terrence Romeo exploded for a new University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) juniors basketball, scoring a record 83 points to power Far Eastern University to a 104-55 rout over still winless University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Romeo, the leading MVP candidate in the juniors race, erased the previous record of 69 points held by Sta. Lucia Realty's Paolo Mendoza while playing for the Junior Maroons in the mid-90s.
His output was just six points shy from the record set by Jose Rizal Light Bomber Joshua Saret, who posted 89 points in their 171-43 over Angeles U Foundation in an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) game on July 22.
The ultra-talented transferee from the Letran Squires shot 30 points by halftime and went for the record in the third period as he scored all of the Baby Tamaraws' 33 points.
He made 34 of his whopping 64 field goal attempts including 5-for-22 three-point clip and sank 10 of his 13 charities to also eclipse his previous high of 45 points.
FEU coach Horacio Lim, who used to call the shots for the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA, toyed with the idea of breaking the record.
"Noong gumawa na siya ng 30 points sa first half, sinabi ko kay Terrence (Romeo) to go for the record,” said Lim.
Romeo,who hiked his league-leading scoring average to 37.7 points, were set up by his teammates to hit 53 points in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, Romeo already surpassed the then-UAAP record with 63 points as the Baby Tamaraws' lead ballooned to 36.
Meanwhile, Gwyne Capacio, son of FEU Tamaraws coach Glenn, scored 21 points to help the De La Salle-Zobel Baby Archers get back on the winning track with a 98-62 victory over the Adamson Baby Falcons.
The league-leading Baby Archers now sport an 8-1 win-loss record after they were derailed by the defending champion Ateneo Blue Eaglets, 78-84, last Saturday.
In the other games, the Blue Eaglets streaked to their seventh straight win by collaring the National University Bullpups, 96-69, to remain in second place at 7-2 mark while University of Santo Tomas crushed University of the East, 97-71, in the last game to join FEU at 6-3.