HE had just won a UAAP crown as well as the Finals MVP trophy on his sophomore year, but it was still a bittersweet feeling for De La Salle star Jeron Teng.
The prodigious Teng was instrumental in the dramatic win, pumping in 25 points to carry the Green Archers to a 71-69 overtime victory over University of Santo Tomas in Game Three on Saturday.
The win, however, came at the expense of older brother Jeric, denying the UST King Tiger a long-coveted championship in his farewell season with the Espana-based squad.
The young Teng struggled to put into words his jumbled feelings at the end of the game.
“After the game, I don’t know what to feel,” said the Archers star. “Part of me wanted me to celebrate but the other, siyempre I felt the loss of my brother.
“Mahirap talaga sa akin.”
Jeric finished the game with 24 points but couldn’t lift the Tigers to victory as his team lost the last two games of the best-of-three series, finishing runner-up for the second straight year.
Jeron felt that Jeric deserved the Finals MVP for his Game Three output.
“For me, he is the deserving to be the Finals MVP,” he said.
After the game, Jeron tried to console his brother, hugging him at mid-court.
“I just said that he really did his best talaga, all hard work talaga. I told him he has nothing to worry because he has a bright future. He did his best,” said Jeron.
Jeron said he is determined to cheer up his brother.
“Naawa ako kay Jeric. Siguro libre ko na lang siya ng isang buwan para matuwa siya,” said Jeron with a laugh.