JERIC TENG has come to the reality he’s ending his stint with University of Santo Tomas without a UAAP men’s basketball title.
The elder of the two Teng brothers, Jeric missed out on his best chance of winning a championship as the Tigers lost to La Salle Green Archers in overtime, 71-69, in the deciding Game Three of the best-of-three Finals Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jeric played out the final season of his college year with the Espana-based school.
“Ever since my rookie year, I wanted to graduate talaga with a crown. Pero siguro hindi talaga para sa akin,” said the oldest son of former PBA player Alvin Teng.
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Teng finished his collegiate career by scoring 24 points. His turnaround jumper over Almond Vosotros with 3:40 left in overtime gave the Tigers a 69-67 lead.
Unfortunately, it proved to be the final stand of the Tigers as the Archers would score the game’s final four points for the win.
Following the game, Jeric received a big hug from younger brother Jeron, who was named UAAP Finals Most Valuable Player.
“Talagang sabi ko sa kanya congrats,” said Jeric, when asked what he told his brother when they hugged each other at mid-court.
Despite the loss, the elder Teng said he is more than relieved the best-of-three Finals is over.
“Happy na rin ako kasi magiging okay na sa bahay at kahit papano makakahinga na rin kaming lahat,” said Teng.