DETERMINED to fill the void left by injured starting playmaker Thomas Torres, 6-foot-2 wingman Jeron Teng again showed he’s more than just a scorer by sharing the playmaking duties to help the Green Archers get their title-retention bid back on track in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament.
With the 5-foot-8 Torres sidelined by a fractured right foot for at least six weeks, Teng, 20, took it upon himself to help run the plays and the Archers were rewarded with a pair of thrilling victories against two erstwhile unscathed rivals — National U and host University of the East — to put themselves back in the hunt with an even 2-2 record.
“That is what our team needs right now,” said Teng, named the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week for the period July 23 to 27. “Anyone can score for our team. We just try to look for the open guy and also improve our team chemistry.”
Although he struggled to hit his mark from the field, making just three of his 11 attempts to finish with nine points, Teng came up with a game-high five assists, highlighted by his nifty inbound feed to a cutting Archers forward Jason Perkins for the insurance bucket with 6.7 seconds left that led to a 57-55 win against the Bulldogs last Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Teng also spiked his season-high 18-point performance in their equally pulsating come-from-behind 60-58 victory over the Red Warriors last Sunday with a team-best four dimes, including a pair of timely drop passes to rookie Prince Rivero in the crunch that led to clutch buckets and helped them complete their gritty fightback from 10 points down.
"In the end, we were just trying to look for the open guy. I created for our team and I found Prince open (underneath) so I just gave it to him,” he stressed.
Teng beat out NU forward Troy Rosario and Far Eastern U guard Mike Tolomia for the weekly citation backed by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J Mighty Alcohol and Mighty Mom Anti-bacteria.