Teng is now a confident shooter because he has a rebounder in Mbala
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2016 08:46 PM
PARTNERS-IN-CRIME. Ben Mbala's paint presence has given Jeron Teng more confidence to shoot.
Jeron Teng scored a game-high 28 points, including 10 in the final frame, to win it for title favorite De La Salle University against defending champion Far Eastern University on Wednesday.
Not only that, the last seven points of the Green Archers were all courtesy of their graduating forward.
But wait, there’s more as Teng’s clutch baskets all came from areas he was never really known for – free throws and long twos. Only this time, he took the stage to showcase his new and improved shooting stroke and drilled back-to-back jumpers before converting three charities that put the game away, once and for all.
Those shots proved to be the difference between DLSU and FEU.
Asked about his shooting, the King Archer responded, “Si coach, binibigyan kami ng confidence to shoot. Turo niya, ‘When you’re open, just be responsible.’”
For his part, new coach Aldin Ayo said he was just giving his wards the chance to prove his faith in them correct – especially his two go-to-guys in Teng and Cameroonian Ben Mbala. As he put it, “Eto ang pupuntahan ko lagi. Sasandalan ko ‘tong mga haligi.”
As it turns out, however, Teng’s increased confidence in his shooting also has to do with the presence of their new man in the middle. “Knowing that we got great rebounders, alam mo yun, pag tumitira ka tapos alam mo na may Ben Mbala ka,” he said.
He then continued, “Kumpyansa ka lang kasi alam mong pupulutin niya yung bola e.”
Indeed, Mbala was a force down low with 23 rebounds, 10 of which came from teammates’ misses.
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