JERON Teng relished playing against his former college team when Flying V faced off with De La Salle in a tune-up game in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.
Teng finished with 24 points and four rebounds but couldn't save the Thunder from suffering a 72-88 loss at the hands of the UAAP Season 79 champion.
"I wanted to give my best lang para to help out kahit paano sa La Salle," said Teng. “At the same time, learning experience ito for us kasi we know La Salle is the best collegiate team, the best UAAP team right now.”
Ben Mbala shared the sentiment when he faced the former team captain of the Green Archers, even providing a great defensive play with a chasedown block against Teng.
At the end of the day, it was all about competing, Mbala said.
"We went out there competing with each other, laughing at each other,” said Mbala, when asked about the block.
“You’re still playing the game of basketball, off the court we’re still friends but on the court you have to do what you have to do,” Mbala said.
“That’s why he probably laughed at me when I blocked him, but its part of the game.”
Teng said he saw no advantages in terms of familiarity when he and his Flying V teammate Thomas Torres went up against their former team.
"In La Salle, we would really run the play a lot so until now alam ko pa yung ibang plays, although they added new ones. Na-challege kami sobra,” Teng said.
Mbala said it was a great experience facing his former teammates.
“It was fun, when you play against your teammates from last season. There’s a couple of things you know that they can do or maybe that they cannot,” Mbala said.
“Of course, he (Torres) gave a lot of alley-oops last season, but I can’t forget about them. Of course I still miss him (Torres),” Mbala said.