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    Jeron Teng excited to team up for first time with Kobe Paras for Fiba 3x3 World Cup

    May 22, 2017
    Jeron Teng during the PH team's practice on Monday night. Dante Peralta

    JERON Teng admitted he has no idea what to expect from the opposition when the Philippine team takes part in the Fiba 3x3 World Cup next month.

    But the former La Salle star is making sure he will be at full strength in time for the June 17-21 showpiece in Nantes, France.

    "Gusto namin talaga manalo kami. Wala pa kami idea (sa makakalaban namin). Personally di ko pa alam mga kalaban namin dun but we'll prepare," said Teng.

    The Philippines faces a tough task in the World Cup as it is grouped with El Salvador, host France, and European champions Slovenia and Romania.

    Playing alongside Kobe Paras and Kiefer Ravena, though, gives Teng confidence this batch can surpass the country's ninth-place finish last year.

    All three, incidentally, are second-generation players: Kobe is the son of PBA rookie-MVP Benjie Paras, Kiefer's dad is former PBA Rookie of the Year Bong Ravena, while Jeron is one of two basketball-playing sons of former San Miguel standout Alvin Teng.

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    "Itong dalawa (Paras and Ravena) galing States to so for sure ready yan," Teng said.

    "Of course parang we all we wanted to prove something e. Kasi younger team kami compared to other teams before. Basta magco-compete lang talaga kami," he added.

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    The three are still getting the hang of playing with each other while re-learning the nuances of 3x3 basketball.

    Teng's knowledge of 3x3 basketball goes back to his stint with the national team in the Youth Olympics when he was still in high school.

    "We started getting to know the rules first. Binigay sa amin yung rules tapos ngayon lang kami nagkasama sama," he said.

    Teng has played with Ravena before, but this is the first time he'll be teaming up with the 19-year-old Paras who is set to play for Cal State Northridge this year.

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    "Si Kobe never ko sya nakalaban. Di ko rin napanood games nya. Pero very noticeable yung improvement ng katawan," he said of Paras.

    The team is still looking for a replacement for Raymar Jose.

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    Jeron Teng during the PH team's practice on Monday night. Dante Peralta
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