HIGHLY-TOUTED rookie Jeron Teng showed the stuff he's made of in Alaska's second straight win - a 102-65 drubbing of hapless Kia in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After being held to eight points in a win against Meralco, the former La Salle star scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half to spark the Aces' breakaway from a tight first half.
He outscored the entire KIA team, 13-5, in the third quarter.
“We picked it up nung second half. We all knew we had to step up nung halftime to get this win and we needed this win for our next game,” said the Aces' first-round pick in the PBA rookie draft.
“He (coach Alex Compton) just told us to bring out more energy and (to) outhustle Kia. Nung first half, medyo so-so yung nilaro namin. He told us to respect the team and play better,” he added.
Teng’s dip in scoring the last time around didn’t bother him that much, understanding that those struggles will come as he learns the ropes of being a professional player.
Teng admits he still struggles to play within the system of Alaska four games in, making his performance all the more impressive.
“Medyo nangangapa pa ako sa sistema ng Alaska. It takes time to be 100-percent familiarized with the system,” Teng admitted.
“But I’ll get there with the help of the coaches, teaching me a lot of things and my teammates who are helping me out. Thankful ako sa coaches ko at sa teammates ko,” he added.
Teng’s biggest test should come in Alaska's next game against a towering Ginebra squad.
The former King Archer can’t wait for that one.
“I think we’re ready for the challenge. We’re up to it. We’re practicing really really hard and I think we’ll be ready by that game,” said the son of former PBA player Alvin Teng.