Jeron Teng’s champion state of mind by Jeanine Tsoi
Barry Viloria on Dec 09, 2016 12:44 AM
She paints more of his being a star athlete.
We found [email protected] host Jeanine Tsoi on the court at the Big Dome almost immediately after the confetti dropped on the floor, in time for the announcement of the new UAAP men’s basketball champs last Wednesday. She was wearing a white shirt and layered with a La Salle jersey with “21” on it.
We sent our congratulations before asking her how she felt about the game. Tsoi reported from the courtside for the De La Salle University Green Archers, which took on archrivals from Ateneo in this season’s Finals series. Taft triumphed over Katipunan in two games, the last concluding at 79-72.
“I’m really nerbyosa, like, every game. You know that since last season—I’m really nerbyosa!” the obviously elated Lasallian said.
But Tsoi felt restless not only because DLSU was aiming hard for a championship, its last being in 2013. Before the recent Ateneo-La Salle match, each squad boasted of eight UAAP men’s basketball titles.
For the record, Tsoi didn’t miss any game since the start of the season. While she was cheering for everyone on the squad whom she said has become close with especially with her courtside reporting stint, she also poured full support for someone who meant much more to her, the Finals MVP Jeron Teng.
“Super supportive ako sa kanya! I’m super proud of him since day one!” she could only say about her beau.
Tsoi revealed that coming into the season, the graduating Teng already had the UAAP Season 79 title set in his head. It’s now his second, after boosting the squad against the UST Growling Tigers led by brother Jeric three years ago.
“UAAP has always been his priority since the start of the season. He wanted to finish it na, eh! He had the end goal in his mind and that was to win the championship!” she declared against the noisy ambiance. “No more Game 3!”
How was Teng days before the big day?
“He was chill lang,” Tsoi said, stressing on her role as the supportive girlfriend. “Of course, I respected his space and time.”
Last Thursday night after the championship, La Salle opened its Henry Sy, Sr. Hall Grounds to students and alumni in celebration of the Green Archers’ win. But the “Animo Night” that was only came as momentary, Tsoi revealed, as the term is still not over for the man of the hour.
“We don’t know where to celebrate yet! It’s finals week next week!” she said. “Jeron’s running for Dean’s List this season. Di nagka-cut yan!”