PATIENCE is a virtue for Jeric Teng as the former college star works to earn his spurs in a Rain or Shine team loaded with talent in his position.
But knowing coach Yeng Guiao's system and trademark deep rotation, Teng is certain his chance will come.
On Saturday night, the former University of Santo Tomas Tiger got his chance and made the most out of it. He scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 24 minutes to help the E-Painters post a 104-94 win over Air21 in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome.
“Siyempre masaya ako dahil kahit paano nabigyan ako ng break,” said a beaming Teng, who along with fellow freshmen Raymond Almazan and Alex Nuyles did most of the damage as Rain or Shine wrapped up a seventh successive win and the second seeding heading into the playoffs.
Teng was the go-to guy at UST but knows he has to earn his minutes at Rain or Shine, buried as he is in a backcourt position that boasts of stars like Gilas Pilipinas gunner Jeff Chan, former Rookie of the Year Paul Lee, Chris Tiu, and Nuyles.
The 6-1 guard, however, is staying positive, knowing he will have to be ready when the opportunity knocks, like it did on Saturday night.
“Basta mananalo kami okay na sa akin saka okay naman ako kay coach Yeng. I just need to be positive. That’s the key to his system, maging confident lang kasi everyone can get an opportunity to play,” he added.
Teng, son of former PBA legend Alvin Teng, said he’s also grateful for being guided everyday in practice by Lee, Chan and even Gabe Norwood, learning key pointers on offense and defense.
“'Yung gulang saka patience, eh lahat sila, mga beterano na. Kaming tatlo na lang naman ang mga rookies. Pero everyday, tinuturuan kami when to shoot and when to pass, saka techniques on how to stop a player,” explained the sweet-shooting gunner.