JERIC Teng knows his coach is full of surprises, the reason he wants to be 100 percent ready once called upon in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
"Knowing coach Yeng (Guiao), full of surprises siya," said the former star of the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the UAAP. "Saka lahat naman kami ready kasi iniiba-iba niya yung starting five."
The 12th pick overall in the last PBA rookie draft is now in his third successive trip to the finals of a major tournament, having made the last two UAAP championship series with the Tigers.
But unlike with the Tigers where he was the go-to guy, Teng is no more than a role player in his rookie year with a Rain or Shine team laden with talent in his position.
That's why the son of former PBA workhorse Alvin Teng is focusing more on defense and getting ready to play whatever role Guiao has in mind for him in the best-of-seven finals against San Mig.
To better prepare for the San Mig series, Teng spent the days leading up to the finals watching the last two games of the San Mig-Ginebra semifinal playoff, keeping a close eye on his likely defensive assignments James Yap and PJ Simon.
"Since maaga natapos ang series namin (against Petron), nanood ako Game Six and Game Seven. Pinapanood ko rin mga laro, para alam ko rin kung ano ang gagawin (on defense)," said the rookie.
"Kasi lahat kami may role sa team. And ako, gusto ko lang makatulong in every way possible saka nautusan ako to really play defense on PJ and James.
"Siyempre magagaling din yung dalawa saka mali-limit mo lang ang scoring nila. Di mo naman kaya ma-stop. At least, kahit paano, sana ma-limit namin sila," he added.
And with Rain or Shine drawing first blood in Game One, Teng now hopes this title series will have a different ending to his past two with the UST Tigers - both of them losses.