Teng on MVP: ‘Kay Ben (Mbala) na yun’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 29, 2016 06:15 PM
INTERNAL AFFAIRS. Jeron Teng was adamant that both he and teammate Ben Mbala are not concerned about the MVP award.
Of the five Mythical Team members in the UAAP a season ago, only one remains.
MVP Kiefer Ravena, Mac Belo, Ed Daquioag, and Kevin Ferrer have all left the UAAP.
Staying behind for his final go-round and now with a seemingly clear path to the MVP is De La Salle University’s Jeron Teng. He has been a Mythical selection, he has been a Rookie of the Year, he has been a champion, he has been a Finals MVP – so what better way to cap off his collegiate career than with the only award he hasn’t won yet.
However, that seemingly clear path just got the biggest speed bump in the form of hulking Cameroonian Ben Mbala.
If the 2016 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament was any indication, Teng’s biggest rival for MVP is his fellow Green Archer. There, Mbala claimed the prize with averages of 21.9, 15.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.4 blocks while Teng was the runner-up with per game counts of 20.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals.
Asked what he thinks of competing with a teammate for the only award he hasn’t won yet, Teng expressed, “Kay Ben na yun!”
He then chuckled before continuing, “’Di naman, pero for sure, Ben doesn’t think about it also dahil we all have one goal and that is to win the championship.”
Indeed, the graduating forward made it a point to say that his sights are set on the championship and the championship alone. “It’s gonna be a graceful exit to exit as a champion so that’s my dream talaga,” he said.
He then continued, “Nothing matters as long as we win the championship. Walang katumbas yun sa kahit anong individual award.”
For his part, the first-year hulking Cameroonian that he will be playing not for himself, but for his team – most especially the DLSU seniors. As he put it, “I wanna help them get one last ring before they leave.”
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