JERIC Teng is glad his brother Jeron is back playing after suffering stab wounds in a parking lot brawl more than a month ago at Bonifacio Global City.
The younger Teng finished with seven points, two rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes in Alaska’s 114-91 win over Phoenix then followed it up with another solid showing in the Aces' 88-81 win over Magnolia in the quarterfinals.
No one was happier for the Alaska rookie than older brother Jeric, who saw how Jeron looked forward to the day he would return to play in a competitive game.
“Sobrang happy ako kasi nung nasa bahay siya, very sad siya na hindi siya nakakalaro. Sobrang unfortunate. Excited na excited siya makabalik,” said Jeric, whose team GlobalPort played right after Alaska’s match against Phoenix on Friday night.
Jeric admitted he thought Jeron would never play another game this conference. He was happy to be proven wrong as he saw how Jeron was determined to get back in shape.
“Akala ko nga after this conference na. Pero extra effort talaga siya makabalik. Tiyaga at sipag. Nung hindi pa magaling shoulder niya dahil may tama, nagba-bike siya, punta siya practice, jogging, lahat ng puwede niyang gawin na hindi ma-aggravate ‘yung shoulder niya, ginagawa niya para makabalik siya,” said Jeric.
Having dealt with a shoulder injury before, Jeric said he shared lessons from his own experience with his brother.
As always, Jeric was a supportive brother, and one of the things he told Jeron was his experience when he had a shoulder injury before.
“Sabi ko sipagin mo lang. Dati nagka-shoulder injury din ako. Siyempre iba, pero may tear din sa akin. Sabi ko marami ka pang magagawa na puwede na hindi totally wala kang gagawin,” said Jeric.