JERON Teng thinks De La Salle missed the mental toughness against Far Eastern University in its UAAP men’s basketball game on Wednesday, a major factor that contributed to ending the team’s seven-game winning streak.
“I think in this game, we lacked mental toughness lang talaga especially in the end,” said Teng following the Green Archers’ 74-70 loss against the Tamaraws.
The reigning champion made a huge blunder in the end game when it allowed an unguarded Mike Tolomia to grab the offensive rebound off a missed free throw, leading the Tamaraws to a sweep of their season series with the Archers.
Teng said the team will make sure such incident won’t happen again.
“We will learn from that mistake. We will just try to learn from that,” he said.
The Archers’ winning streak ended after they lost a 35-26 lead at the half despite mounting a late comeback in the fourth quarter to no avail.
La Salle lost despite a 28-point effort by Teng, who believes offense wasn’t the problem in the game.
“It wasn’t our offense that is our problem, it was on the defensive end. We limited them to 26 points in the first half but in the second half, it blew up,” said Teng.
La Salle coach Juno Sauler agrees.
“If it was on defense (that Jeron was pertaining), maybe. We should have defended in the second half especially in the third quarter, we gave up 26 points which was their output in the first half,” said the soft-spoken coach.
Teng knows how important the final stretch of the eliminations especially with the Archers now tied for second with National University and rival Ateneo, all with 7-3 win-loss slates.
“Itong second round, every game is crucial especially talo kami ngayon,” he said.