Coach Vergel’s warning: ‘Nagising na si Teytey’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 24, 2017 07:36 PM
Coach Vergel’s warning: ‘Nagising na si Teytey’
I'M HERE. At long last, Teytey Teodoro looked like Teytey Teodoro against San Sebastian in the NCAA on Tour.

Will the real Teytey Teodoro please stand up?

Jose Rizal University’s top gun has only been averaging 13.1 points in 36 percent shooting in the first seven games of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The last two of those even saw him only put in six points against struggling Emilio Aguinaldo College and then 13 against lowly College of St. Benilde.

Without a doubt, those numbers aren’t what the playoff-hopeful Heavy Bombers are looking for. “Sabi ko sa kanya, to be part of the rotation, you have to earn everything. If you want respect, pagtatrabahuan mo yan,” head coach Vergel Meneses shared.

He then continued, “Sabi ko, if you want more minutes, you have to work for it.”

With his team up against San Sebastian College-Recoletos which was playing right in its homecourt, the real Teytey Teodoro finally did stand up.

Busting out with 19 points and dropping four long-range missiles, the fourth-year guard shot his team over the Golden Stags and onto a third consecutive victory. “Siguro, nagising na si Teytey,” Meneses said, a face of satisfaction, in their post-win interview.

Indeed, Teodoro was quick to admit that he wasn’t himself in their past pair of games. “Siguro, nag-relax lang ako. Last two games ko, medyo bad games,” he said.

He was also quick to add, however, “Pero maganda yung nilaro ko kung kailan kailangan ako ng team.”

That much was true against San Sebastian which tied the tally at 58-all with five minutes remaining only to see JRU’s top gun hit back-to-back triples to detonate a 12-2 run to close the contest.

Despite his personal struggles, Teodoro said he is nothing but happy that the Heavy Bombers still find themselves in solo third with a 5-4 standing.

More than that, the 23-year-old is also nothing but happy to see many of his teammates stepping up. “Si [Ervin] Grospe at Jed [Mendoza], talagang kaya nilang opensa. Tapos natutuwa ako sa mga rookies namin kasi naglalaro sila nang mas maganda,” he said.

He then continued, “Mas lalawak opensa namin dahil dun.”

With Teodoro getting into his groove and many of his teammates stepping up, JRU has a golden opportunity to finish the first round with four wins in a row when they take on one-win Mapua University on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

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