JEFF Javillonar was used sparingly by National University during its match against Jeron Teng and De La Salle on Sunday, but his coach insisted it had nothing to do with his controversial hit on Teng's brother Jeric.
Javillonar curiously played only three minutes against the Green Archers, committing a foul and a turnover despite being the Bulldogs' third leading scorer going into the match with averages of seven points, 4.5 rebounds and 20.8 minutes.
When asked by a reporter about Javillonar’s sparse playing time, NU coach Eric Altamirano said: “It’s more of the match-up.”
“Nothing personal naman,” he continued, “(just) part of the game plan.”
Javillonar was at the center of controversy when he collided with Jeric Teng last July 10 that led to a right shoulder injury for the University of Santo Tomas star. Jeric Teng had choice words for Javillonar after the game, saying, “May araw rin siya.” (For full story, see 'May araw rin sya:' Teng hits out at NU's Javillonar after suffering shoulder injury)
La Salle star Jeron Teng later joined the fray, accusing Javillonar of deliberately trying to hurt his brother when he tweeted: “I know it’s no accident. I’ve known him since RP youth days."
The younger Teng also wrote on his @jeronteng Twitter account: “I hope my brother’s okay.. Jeff Javillonar, you are a (expletive).” He deleted the tweet hours later. (For full story, see Teng's brother joins ruckus, says Javillonar hit on Jeric 'no accident')
Jeric Teng has yet to play since the incident, saying he is targeting a return during the second round of the UAAP eliminations.