JERON Teng provided the silver lining for Alaska on Monday night.
Teng played his best game since suffering stab wounds in a parking-lot melee last June 3, compiling 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals against San Miguel in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Teng’s impressive numbers didn’t translate into a win as Alaska bowed to San Miguel, 105-94, but his performance came as a surprise for Aces coach Alex Compton, who didn't expect Teng to be back this soon in the first place.
“I thought he did a great job,” Compton said. “It’s been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start getting his timing back, be able to play more, be in better shape, mix it up, I don’t think you would have watched today’s game and though Jeron got stabbed a month ago, that we were worried for his life.”
“If you watch that and didn’t know the situation, you would have never thought that happened. To be able to play 21 minutes, get his rhythm back and play, mix it up in there, I think it was great,” Compton said.
Alaska, which is without Calvin Abueva and Chris Banchero, is now down 0-2 in the best-of-five series, but Compton said he sees a lot of fight in his Aces, especially with the kind of effort shown by Teng.
“He keeps getting in shape, getting his strength back, and he battled too. I think he personified what we wanted. Everybody mixing it up, going after it (ball), playing hard,” said Compton.