JERIC Teng has been listed as doubtful for University of Santo Tomas’ next game against University of the East on Saturday due to a right shoulder injury that he sustained on Wednesday in a loss to National University.
Teng said doctors have advised him to rest following an MRI test on Thursday afternoon, but he will know the extent of the shoulder injury in the next few days.
“So far, wala pang result ng MRI. I need to wait for a few days pa pala para doon,” said Teng after the MRI tests.
“I’m just advised to put ice (on the injury) and rest,” Teng added.
Teng sustained the shoulder injury when he was hit by NU’s Jeff Javillonar during UST’s 67-71 loss to the Bulldogs on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Prior to the MRI, Teng expressed his frustration as he watched his team practice on Thursday afternoon.
“Watching our practice while waiting for my 3pm schedule of mri. So frustrating,” Teng wrote on his Twitter account @jericteng16.
UST coach Pido Jarencio admitted Teng's absence in the second half dealt a blow to the team's morale.
“Siguro naapektuhan talaga kami,” said Jarencio. “Alam mo naman, leader namin si Jeric eh.”
The loss dropped UST to a four-way tie for second place with NU, La Salle, and Adamson with a 2-1 win-loss slate.
Against NU, Kevin Ferrer led his team with 20 points followed by Ed Daquioag, who had 13. But noticeably missing from the scoring fray were Aljon Mariano, Tata Bautista, and Karim Abdul as they combined for only 22 points.
But Jarencio pointed out that a lot of their struggles during the game were due to the absence of Teng, the team captain who is playing his fifth and final year with the team.
“Walang laro lahat tapos na-injured pa si Jeric. Hindi ko alam, psychologically, hindi ko alam kung bakit ganoon,” said Jarencio.