If you donít get the win itís nothing -- Teng on 28-point career night

Mark Escarlote on Dec 29, 2017 11:22 PM
If you donít get the win itís nothing -- Alaska rookie Teng
Siyempre no matter how good your game is if you donít get the win itís nothing -- Jeron Teng

Jeron Teng had another stellar performance for the Alaska Aces.

But just like in his explosive debut, victory remained elusive for the former De La Salle University King Archer.

Teng had a monster game, punching in his first double-double in the pros but the Aces fell prey to a hot-shooting Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, 98-106, Friday in the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Alaska ended the year with two straight losses in as many outings in the season-opening conference.

“Siyempre no matter how good your game is if you don’t get the win it’s nothing,” said the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA rookie draft, who saw his game-high and personal best 28 points in an efficient 10-of-18 shooting percentage, 10 boards, five assist, four steals and a block go down the drain.

Teng debuted with 16 points in a 95-108 loss to Magnolia a week ago.  He was a starter in both games. 

“But we’re staying positive,” said Teng, who has yet to commit a turnover in his PBA career.

“I think we showed some good stuff in this game and from there we’ll work our way for next year,” he added. “We just have to learn from our two games then we’re looking forward for a better year next year.”

Teng got his game going early, scoring 11 points in the first half. He tried to keep Alaska on the game but all his efforts including treys late in the game came into naught, as TNT was able to answer each time.

But despite the losses, Teng’s performance is a testament of his seemingly seamless transition from the collegiate and amateur stage to the pros.   

“Siyempre as a player I really tried to develop as much as I can. Work on my weaknesses and be the best player that I can be,” said Teng.

“Goal ko lang naman dito sa PBA is to help Alaska win eh. Kahit wala sa stats, ‘yung mga hustle plays or anything that will help the team win ‘yun ang goal ko talaga,” he added. “Alam naman natin na this was a bad year for Alaska and we’re optimistic that we’ll get better next year.”

 

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