JERON Teng seeks no less than a title for a swan song in his final year with La Salle, but he is keeping is focus on the task ahead for the Green Archers when they face the Adamson Falcons when the UAAP Season 79 Final Four kicks off on Wednesday.
The son of PBA legend Alvin Teng entered the Green Archers in 2012, but in just his second year, he led the Taft-based squad to the UAAP title, the first for the squad since 2007. And this year, he’s itching to have another taste of the championship.
Yet despite his determination to win the crown in his final year, Teng is careful not to get ahead of himself, as his main focus is to overcome Adamson first before thinking about the finals series.
“Siguro before the championship, we have to focus on the semis first,” Teng said. “I think we can improve more as a team.”
In his final regular season of his collegiate career, Teng finished with an average of 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists although he missed two matches because of an injury.
With the playoffs set to get underway, Teng said he is giving it all as he hopes to leave the Green Archers with the crown.
“It’s my last year. I’m cherishing every game, which is why I’m doing my best every game,” said Teng.
La Salle coach Aldin Ayo also hopes to give his graduating star a fitting end to his collegiate stint, but expects the fourth-seed Adamson to go all out in spoiling their best-laid plans.
“Just like JT (Teng) said, we know that it’s not going to be easy. All of the teams are competitive. All the coaches, eto na ‘yung mga pinakamagagaling na coaches. We are expecting that they are going to adjust to our system,” said Ayo.