DE La Salle star Jeron Teng insisted the Green Archers didn’t receive any bonuses for winning the UAAP men’s basketball championship, contrary to popular notion.
There had been several rumors going around about the bonuses the Archers supposedly received from the team's top patron, tycoon Danding Cojuangco - the talk ranging from overseas trips to a brand-new car.
Teng denied all these.
“We don’t have any bonuses. All the players are just happy to win the championship,” stressed the star of the eighth De La Salle team to win the UAAP title.
The thrill of victory was multiplied on Thursday night when the school held `Animo Night’ as the La Sallian community celebrated 2-1 win over University of Santo Tomas in the title series last week.
Thousands gathered at the school grounds as students and alumni celebrated La Salle’s first men's basketball championship since 2007.
The Archers beat the Tigers in overtime, 71-69, in the deciding game of the best-of-three series before a crowd of 23,000 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Teng said he was overjoyed during the event.
“Animo Night isn’t just for the basketball team but for every team in La Salle. It’s really overwhelming to see all the fans and supporters in one place celebrating,” said Teng during the Spin.ph trade launch on Thursday night at the URBN Bar and Kitchen at the Bonifacio Global City.
But the year isn’t over for Teng and Co. as the Archers are still set to compete in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League where the team hopes to duplicate its success in the UAAP.
Teng bared the Archers will return to practice after two weeks to prepare for the PCCL.
“Hindi lang ‘yun kahit anong team lang. It’s a great league. It’s a chance to prove again to ourselves that La Salle is back,” said Teng.