JERON Teng came up with the best offensive game by a rookie so far in the PBA Philippine Cup but saw it go down the drain as Alaska dropped a 98-106 decision to TNT on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The fifth overall pick of the last PBA draft finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a fitting follow-up to his 16-point debut in a game against Magnolia last week.
Although disappointed, Teng is sticking to the positives, saying he sees improvement in Alaska's game.
"Siyempre no matter how good your game is if you don’t get the win, it’s nothing. But we’re staying positive. I think we showed some good stuff in this game and from there we’ll work our way for next year," said the former La Salle star.
"We just have to learn from our two games then we’re looking forward for a better year," he added.
Despite the loss, Teng's performance earned him glowing words from Alaska coach Alex Compton.
"I think all of us coaches, one of our pet peeves are when young players think that they’re king of the world because they had a decent college career and they think that they’re all this and all that," said Compton.
"You know, Jeron actually had an awesome college career, he's had an awesome high school career, and he’s humble and coachable," he added.
"More than his 28 points and 10 rebounds today, his toughness, I think Alvin and Susan should be congratulated for the way they raised him because he’s a good, coachable kid," Compton added.
Compton warned Teng will have ups and downs in his career, but believes hunger and a good attitude will enable him to live up to his full potential.
"He’s human so he’s going to have some bad games. Don’t put pressure on him to be Michael Jordan just yet but he’s been great and I think anytime you have a sincere hunger and a sincere humility, you’re going to get better," said Compton.
"I think he has that. He’s hungry and he’s humble and that makes him coachable and teachable. We got a gem."
Teng said he's simply making the most out of the trust given to him by Compton.
Teng once again started for the Aces and played the second most number of minutes in the team, logging 30 minutes just behind the team-high 32 of guard JVee Casio.
"Super grateful ako na nabibigyan ako ng chance to play like this pero alam ko 'yung binibigay sa aking playing time I really have to show up. I really have to contribute and help the team win," said the two-time UAAP Finals MVP.