SOPHOMORE guard Jeron Teng offered no excuses in the wake of De La Salle’s sorry 79-83 overtime loss to unbeaten Far Eastern University Saturday night in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 6-foot-2 Teng had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, but his Achilles heel turned out to be his paltry free throw shooting after going just 3-of-11 from the foul line.
Teng missed four of his last six free throws in the extra period, which proved costly as the Green Archers allowed the game to slip away after enjoying a 13-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
“I’m still working on it (free throws) sa game. Pero walang excuse for my missed free throws. Siguro it’s all mental,” offered Teng to Spin.ph after the game.
Alvin Teng, the former PBA player and father of Jeron, also believed that his son’s atrocious performance from the foul line may have something to do with the pressure from the crowd.
“Actually, ensayo niya mataas naman ang percentage eh. Siguro sa crowd na rin dahil may pressure na rin eh. Pero tingin ko, kailangan niya lang ng more maturity,” noted the elder Teng, who watched the game with the entire family, including another playing son Jeric of UST.
The 19-year-old La Salle guard vowed to come out with a better performance in the Archers' next game on Saturday against University of the East.