D-League top scorer Jeron Teng shifts focus to defense as he joins powerhouse Mighty
He won't be in his usual role, but Jeron Teng is still eager to join the talented Mighty Sports squad in Dubai. PBA D-League Images

THE main offensive weapon for the AMA Titans in the D-League, Jeron Teng is shifting his focus and energy to defense as he joins Mighty Sports in the Dubai Invitational. 

"They're expecting me to be one of those guys who can really defend. Kami na mas bata. I'll just bring out my energy there and do my best to help the team out," said Teng.

In a team loaded with talent led by imports Hasheem Thabeet and Justin Brownlee and veterans Chris Tiu, Willie Miller, Beau Belga and JC Intal, the young Teng is just expecting to learn.

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"It's a good experience for me playing with those pro guys and good imports. This will be a good experience playing internationally, against stronger and taller guys. It will help me improve my game more," said Teng.

Teng will miss a D-League game as he plays for Mighty Sports in Dubai tournament from Feb. 18 to 24, and he is confident the Titans can do well without him against winless Blustar Detergent on Feb. 21.

"I'm really confident in my team even without me. We have other good guys like sila Juami (Tiongson), and other veterans. For sure, they'll be able to lead this team and pull off the win," he said. 

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He gave the Titans some momentum, scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in a big win over Victoria Sports.

He had a chance to post a triple double, winding up three assists short, but said he didn’t know he was getting close.

Only three triple-doubles have been recorded in the PBA D-League, Mike Tolomia doing it twice and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. once. 

"Kung alam ko lang sana, nag-three assists pa sana ako. Sayang," said Teng in jest.

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