JERON Teng played down another explosive outing as he deflected credit to his teammates, particularly new recruit Gino Jumao-as, for ending AMA Online Education’s two-game losing skid after racing off to a 2-0 start in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.
Activated by the team on Saturday, Jumao-as immediately helped the Titans restore order by beating Jose Rizal University, 69-61, on Monday.
Jumao-as impressed in his first game, finishing with 12 points. And Teng is expecting more from the former University of the East standout as the Titans hope to pick up more wins in their bid to make the semifinals.
"Laking bagay yung addition niya," said Teng, whose team improved to 3-2 after the win at the JCSGO Gym.
"Nakalaban ko siya sa UAAP, sa UE, so I know what he's capable of doing. When he started practicing with us, I'm sure that he'll be able to help the team. And that's what he did today in this game. Excited ako sa next games kasi nadagdagan kami," he added.
Teng, though, did the most of the damage in Monday's contest as he finished with game-high 31 points and six boards. But the former La Salle star lauded the team's collective effort, adding that the Titans are slowly improving its chemistry.
"It's a big win for us kasi lumulubog kami coming from those two losses eh. Naisip namin na in this game we really have to come back talaga, and we really have to win this game," said Teng. "It's getting there (chemistry). Si Marc Olayon, sayang sana yun. Because of his minor injury, he opted to rest na lang. Pero may dumadating naman na players, so on a daily basis we have to improve on our chemistry pa."
"What's good about our situation right now is, I think, we're still in control because we have a lot more games. And for sure yung ibang teams, matatalo pa rin yan. We just have to take care of our business, our next games. We'll see what happens there," he added.