THE man who made a star out of Jeric Teng in college now tries to work his magic on his idle PBA career.
GlobalPort on Tuesday formally signed up the former University of Santo Tomas stalwart for the rest of its Philippine Cup campaign, reuniting Teng with his college mentor Pido Jarencio.
Team manager Bonnie Tan confirmed the deal with the 26-year-old Teng to SPIN.ph on the eve of the Batang Pier’s match against TnT Katropa.
At 3-4 (win-loss), the team is currently fighting for one of eight spots in the quarterfinals of the all-Filipino conference.
Teng is definitely an added boost to the team’s young roster especially in the absence of injured star Terrence Romeo, who will be out for the entire all-Filipino conference.
“The team still has two more slots open in its roster,” said Tan, himself a former UST cager. “Walang mapapalitan sa present players.”
More significantly, Teng will feel at home anew playing under Jarencio, who served as his mentor for five years playing for the Tigers.
Together, the partnership produced four Final Four appearances for the school, including back-to-back Finals stint in 2012 and 2013, twice losing the championship against Ateneo and La Salle, respectively.
Following his stellar college career, much has been expected from the older of two playing sons of former PBA player Alvin Teng, who ended up being picked in the second round (12th overall) by Rain or Shine during the 2013 draft.
Unfortunately, Teng, whose younger brother rookie Jeron plays for Alaska, didn’t enjoy the same success as a pro following a rather irrelevant stay with the Elasto Painters, and later on with KIA, although he did win a championship with Rain or Shine during the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.
Hopefully, the tables will be turned now that he linked up anew with his good old, college mentor.