ALVIN Teng is no doubt proud and happy to see son Jeron win a UAAP men’s basketball title with La Salle in just his sophomore season.
But his heart really bleeds for his other child Jeric, who fell short in his own bid to win a championship for University of Santo Tomas and, worse, will never have another chance again.
“Masakit para sa akin kasi panganay ko pa si Jeric. Tapos graduate na siya. Kahit gustuhin niya, hindi na siya pupuwedeng bumawi,” said the older Teng after La Salle beat UST, 71-69, in overtime to win the UAAP men’s basketball championship of Season 76.
The former San Miguel mainstay in the pro league rued several crucial mistakes the Tigers committed in the stretch, particularly in the final seconds of regulation.
While he did not name names, Teng was obviously referring to Aljon Mariano who took matters into his own hands by ignoring an open Jeric Teng and instead going for the game-winning shot at the buzzer.
“Malas mo buong laro, bakit ikaw ang titira? Dapat kung sino ang swerte dun mo ibigay ang bola” said Teng.
“Crucial yun. Sayang talaga yun, hindi naibigay `yung bola kay Jeric. Kayang-kaya ni Jeric atakihin yun eh,” he added. “Mas may chance sana!”
Still, the former PBA player said he was proud of the way Jeric battled back from two injuries to lead the Tigers in the playoffs.
“Masaya na rin kami kasi nakabalik si Jeric at maganda nilaro niya coming from an injury. Ang tagal niyang nawala kaya 'nung bumalik siya nakatulong rin talaga siya sa UST.”
At the same time, Teng is happy to see his younger son Jeron blossom into a force to reckon with in the country’s premier collegiate league.
“Masaya na rin kami kasi nakita natin ang lakas ni Jeron. Kaya pala ng bata na makipag-sabayan na sa UAAP,” he said.
Teng also heaved a sigh of relief that with the finals over, family life is back to normal.
The elder Teng admitted that the finals series took its toll on the family since both Jeron and Jeric wanted to win the championship for their respective schools so badly.
“Ang hirap kasi hindi kami masyadong makapag-cheer sa anak mo,” said Teng. “Dalawang anak mo, naglalaban tapos both teams, kaibigan ko. Ang hirap. Naging neutral muna kami.”
Alvin said they dreaded the thought of Game Three being postponed due to typhoon ‘Santi' on Saturday, which would have prolonged the family's agony.
“Sabi di ba baka ma-postponed pa ‘yung game kasi may bagyo. Eh ‘yung misis ko nagkakasakit na dahil sa stress at pressure. Pati na rin ako,” said Teng.