ALASKA is prepared to play the remainder of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup without Jeron Teng after the rookie sensation suffered three stab wounds in a parking lot brawl in Bonifacio Global City at dawn on Sunday.
Teng and former La Salle teammates Thomas and Norbert Torres escaped major injuries when they came under attack from a knife-wielding man who was later arrested by Taguig City police.
Still, Alaska coach Alex Compton is bracing for the possibility that Teng will not play for the entire conference.
“I’m not certain yet,” Compton told a handful of reporters who inquired about Teng's recovery on Monday before team practice at the Gatorade Hoops Dome in Mandaluyong City.
“I don’t want to give an exact estimation to protect my way of thinking. I'm thinking, probably he will not play this conference. But we will see what the doctors say,” Compton said.
Over in Taguig, Southern Police District director C/Supt Tomas Apolinario Jr. said frustrated homicide and serious physical injuries charges will be filed against suspects Edmar Lacanlale and Willard Balisi.
Teng's lawyer, Howard Calleja, has also requested a hold departure order for the two suspects, who are both based overseas.
Teng's dad Alvin and Norbert Torres attended the inquest proceedings.
Teng, taken by the Aces in the first round of the last PBA rookie draft, is averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Aces this conference - down from his 11.3-point average during the Philippine Cup.
Compton said he went straight to the hospital as soon as he got the call that Teng was stabbed during a melee outside the Early Night bar at the Fort Strip.
“I don’t want to speculate. I’m just saying that to protect my way of thinking. I will be pleasantly surprised if he plays this conference,” Compton said.
Compton said it was a 'blessing' that the three stab wounds missed Teng's vital organs. A stab wound in the back missed Teng's lungs while two hits in his side missed his heart and kidney, relatives bared.
“He is conscious. His vital organs were not hit which is actually a blessing. It’s weird to use the word blessing in this situation like this but it’s a blessing that nothing (happened)," Compton said.
"If you get stabbed, that could hit anything, your heart, your lungs, your kidney, whatever. It could hit anything. We are just happy that he is alive and none of his vital organs were hit,” Compton said.
Reports emanating from St. Luke's Medical Center where the Aces player is confined bared doctors have advised Teng to rest for four weeks before beginning rehabilitation.
“We are just glad that he is going to be okay. I wholeheartedly believe he is going to play basketball this year at some point. But the most important thing right now is get back on his feet, and do what the doctors tell him to do,” he said.