Ayaw na naming kabahan ang mga manonood sa amin -- Teng
Mark Escarlote on Dec 03, 2016 08:20 PM
So dapat next game, we play better para hindi kabahan ‘yung mga nanonood sa amin -- Jeron Teng
Aside from promising to deliver the title in his swan song for De La Salle University, Jeron Teng vowed not to make the Green Archers faithful bite their nails on Wednesday in Game 2 of the 79th UAAP men’s basketball Finals.
The graduating small forward provided all the heroics down the stretch scoring the go-ahead basket before putting up the most important defensive stop as DLSU escaped with a thrilling 67-65 win Saturday in the best-of-three series opener.
Teng said that those scary moments when Ateneo took the helm, 65-64, with 34.6 seconds left on an incomplete and-one play by Matt Nieto won’t happen again on pivotal Game 2.
“I told my other teammates that we have to play better, better than this game kasi parang kinabahan eh, kinabahan kami,” said Teng, who scored 10 points with four coming in the payoff period.
And he has the Green Archers fans in mind when he made that statement.
“So dapat next game, we play better para hindi kabahan ‘yung mga nanonood sa amin,” Teng told reporters that drew a hearty laughter inside the press room.
DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo breathed a sigh of relief as his team held on after squandering a 17-2 lead in the first quarter.
“Siyempre, nawala ‘yung 15-point lead mo and nakukuha nila ‘yung momentum,” the mentor said. “Good thing, ito ‘yung difference noong game namin against Adamson (sa semis) na kung kailangan namin kumuha ng puntos, pupunta kami sa schemes namin.”
And at crunch time it was Teng who delivered.
Teng put DLSU back on top with a strong drive to the basket after Kib Montalbo swiped the ball off the hands of Thirdy Ravena in Ateneo’s extra possession after Nieto’s missed bonus shot.
Jeron Teng with the go-ahead basket after Kib Montalbo's swipe on Thirdy Ravena pic.twitter.com/g97Df5XDMF— Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) December 3, 2016
“Siguro ‘yung basket, siguro instinct na lang ‘yun. Ben (Mbala) did a good job sealing, so I saw an opening that's why nakuha ko ‘yung lay-up,” he said.
The bulky cager again showed the way this time on the defensive end with a huge block on Aaron Black’s jumper.
Jeron Teng with a big stop against Aaron Black pic.twitter.com/tHukL9GAZz— Mark Escarlote (@fromtheriles) December 3, 2016
“Doon sa stop kay Aaron, wala crunch time na ‘yun eh so parang adrenaline na ‘yun eh,” said Teng. “So ayun, buti natamaan ko ‘yung bola to get the stop.”
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