BOCAUE, Bulacan—Teytey Teodoro couldn’t ask for more from his first game as a member of Barangay Ginebra.
A late pick-up by the Gin Kings after being left unsigned by Columbian after the 2018 draft, Teodoro immediately saw action for Ginebra in the season opener against TNT where he made his first shot of the game.
Teodoro went on to finish with four points on 2 of 4 shooting from the field in seven minutes of play.
The former Jose Rizal University standout said he was surprised that Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone fielded him during the game against the KaTropa at the Philippine Arena.
“Sobrang saya kasi hindi ko naman inexpect na gagamitin ako agad ni coach Tim,” said Teodoro. “Nagulat ako na tinawag niya ako. Ready din naman ako, hindi ko lang ineexpect na ipapasok ako nung first game.”
On his way to the Philippine Arena, Teodoro said he was nervous but in a positive way as he was also excited for his first PBA game.
“Excited na may kaba. Siyempre rookie eh. Ineenjoy ko rin ‘yung kaba. Natutuwa ako na ‘yung mga teammates ko, grabe rin ‘yung suporta sa akin. Naging ready lang ako ngayon,” said Teodoro.
Teodoro’s tryout with Ginebra and his eventual signing to the team drew lots of positive reception from the Gin Kings fans. For Teodoro, it was no longer a surprise about the cheering in the game for him, being a Ginebra fan himself.
“Isa rin ako sa mga fans ng Ginebra eh kaya sanay na ako sa maraming crowd,” said Teodoro.
Teodoro said he got a lot of words of encouragement from the coaching staff and teammates particularly LA Tenorio and fellow former NCAA player Scottie Thompson, two players who he seeks advice from.
“Before ako ipasok, sinabi ng mga co-player ko at coaching staff na laruin ko lang ‘yung laro ko, wag ma-ilang, kapag may three, take the shot, itira ko lang.
“Kay Kuya LA ako nagrerely at kay Scottie. Siyempre sobrang kabisado na niya ‘yung sistema. Kahit sa practice sa kanila ako nagtatanong,” said Teodoro.
Now with the first game behind him, Teodoro is now looking forward to learn more with Ginebra.
“Basta ako ready lang ako. Sabi ni coach Tim, marami pa akong dapat matutunan sa system,” said Teodoro.