JERON Teng wasn’t looking to score this much, but almost anything went right as far as his offense was concerned.
Teng erupted for 35 points in La Salle’s 87-86 double overtime victory over National University last Saturday for the Green Archers’ fourth win in seven outings in the UAAP men's basketball tournament.
One of two playing children of former PBA player Alvin Teng in the league, Jeron shot 14-of-24 from the field, including four-of-seven from the three-point area and three-of-five from the foul line.
Ompong Ducanes, UAAP’s resident statistician for the past 10 years, said Teng’s output set various league records over the last decade.
Ducanes said Teng's scoring total was the highest by a rookie since University of the Philippines’ Mike Gamboa scored 25 in 2007.
The 35 was also the highest for a Green Archer after Joseph Yeo came through with the same production in a 2003 Final Four game against Ateneo, according to Ducanes.
Lastly, it was the highest individual scoring mark in the last 10 years, breaking the record of such esteemed players like Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ken Bono and Dylan Ababou, and tying the output of Bobby Ray Parks, who achieved the feat in a losing effort against La Salle.
Yet Teng said it was not his intention to score that many points.
“I wasn’t looking to score,” said Teng. “I just had to step up.”
Teng said he felt like he needed to play a notch higher with point guard LA Revilla not in 100 percent shape. La Salle’s playmaker suffered a severe sprain in his left ankle in the Archers’ 56-52 win over Adamson.
Revilla did play for 26 minutes but had to be carried off the floor after the game due to the injury.
“LA didn’t practice the whole week and we knew that he won’t have much playing time in this game. I just needed to step up. It’s really a blessing that everything was going my way,” said Teng.
The former Xavier standout played his second double overtime game of the season.
“We lost in our first double overtime game against UST. So I thought that every possession counts. Dapat every possession, mag-work para sa amin,” said Teng.
La Salle coach Gee Abanilla credited Teng as well as the whole Archers team for being composed in the extra sessions.
“Hat’s off to Jeron as well as the rest of the team. They stayed tough,” said Abanilla.