THE timing is still a bit off but rookie Jeron Teng is more than happy to be back on the court and playing again.
More than a month since figuring in an early-dawn melee that left him with three stab wounds, Teng rejoined Alaska in a 114-91 rout of Phoenix to end its eliminations campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday.
Teng’s stats read seven points, two rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes of play, not bad for someone who was sat out four games and was inactive for weeks as he recuperated from the stab wounds.
“Happy ako and blessed that I was able to get back this conference. I’m just happy to be able to play again,” said Teng after the game at the Astrodome. "Yung timing ko medyo off pa rin pero I’m working on it."
Continuous therapy, done with the assistance of Alaska’s medical staff, hastened the healing process for him. And the game enabled Teng to get back into game mode just in time for the playoffs.
“Suwerte pa rin ako na may isang game pa before the playoffs. At least kahit paano nakapaglaro pa ako,” said the son of former PBA defensive stopper Alvin Teng.
As for the stabbing incident, Teng said it was definitely a ‘learning experience for him.’
“Kaunting ingat lang kasi hindi naman natin alam kung sino yung mga mae-encounter natin when we go out,” he stressed.