LA Salle star player Jeron Teng has barely recovered from a bout with dengue fever, but insisted it’s not an excuse for him to have a sub-par performance in the Green Archers’ 65-60 loss to Far Eastern University in their playoff for the No. 2 seeding in the UAAP Final Four on Sunday.
Teng finished with only eight points, eight rebounds, and an assist to go with five turnovers in a 30-minute performance that was prematurely ended when the King archer fouled out with 7.7 seconds left after committing an unsportsmanlike foul on Mike Tolomia.
Teng, who finished second to Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena in the MVP derby, admitted he got out of the hospital just three days earlier but refused to blame the illness for his poor showing.
“Medyo wala pa ako sa timing, pero hindi excuse 'yun eh,” the athlete and part-time model told Spin.ph. “This is the Final Four so kailangan ilabas na talaga ang laro ko.”
Teng also drew flak from netizens after appearing in Bench's 'Naked Truth' fashion show the night before the match with brother Jeric and teammate Arnold Van Opstal, but said he’s ready to accept every criticism hurled his way.
“Syempre pag talo lahat masisilip 'yun eh,” he said. “So tatanggapin ko lang lahat ng sasabihin nila. I'm just going to focus on bouncing back the next game.”
Van Opstal, who also joined Teng in the fashion show which was re-scheduled from the day before because of typhoon Mario, also had an off-day with seven points, eight rebounds, and seven turnovers.
In all, the reigning champions committed 20 turnovers, with Teng and Van Opstal accounting for 12 of them.