WITH Alaska down to 10 healthy bodies, Jeron Teng has been one of the players tasked with a bigger role on offense this season.
As injuries to key players led by Vic Manuel hounded Alaska, Teng has been one of the players who has embraced the next-man-up challenge by leading the Aces in scoring with an average of 13.67 points per game.
On Wednesday, Teng flourished again and had a team-high 18 points as Alaska picked up its second straight victory, 103-101, at the expense of Blackwater.
The former La Salle star has also shown a lot of versatility while trying to fill holes left in Alaska's lineup by injuries.
Against Blackwater, he played out of position for a long stretch and was fielded as a power forward.
“I think it was a good win for us despite the game being close at the end,” said Teng, who averaged 7.1 points in his rookie year. “Feeling ko lang, we just lacked players. At a certain point, I had to play power forward kasi due to lack players.”
“’We Not Me’ namin. We don’t rely on anybody. Anybody on the court is ready to play. We are all about winning,” said Teng.
Teng hopes the coming two-week Fiba break will allow his teammates to recover from injuries. But in the meantime, he's ready to hold the fort.
“Ready lang ako kapag pinasok ako sa court. I always try to give my best. Whatever role coach asked me to do, whatever it takes to win,” said Teng.