DESPITE being sidelined by an injury, Jeric Teng continues to provide leadership for University of Santo Tomas.
The deadly shooting guard heartily cheered his teammates on the bench as the Growling Tigers romped off to a 79-69 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Andyan pa rin ako para sa team. Once in a while kapag wala akong therapy, nagpupunta ako sa practice," he shared to Spin.ph.
"I give them words of encouragement. I tell them kung ano ginagawa nilang mali or tama kasi nasa outside ako, nakikita ko ano ginagawa nila," he added.
The UST team captain has now been out for two games after suffering a slight tear on his right shoulder during the Tigers’ game against National University after a controversial hit from Jeff Javillonar.
After seeing the Tigers lose to league leader Far Eastern University Tamaraws on Sunday, 77-67, Teng was more than happy to see his team bounce back even in his absence.
Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Tata Bautista stepped up for the España-based squad, combining for 60 points led by the 18 of Mariano in towing UST to a 4-2 (win-loss) record behind the perfect 6-0 slate of the Tamaraws.
"Masaya ako na nakabawi na kami," he said. "I'm very confident naman sa mga teammates ko na naiwan. I know they will step up sa absence ko."
The wounded Tiger, however, cannot wait to recover and resume playing for the Tigers.
"It's getting better,” he said of his injured shoulder. “Nagte-therapy ako ngayon, siguro sa second round I can play na. Gusto ko na kasi maglaro. I'm excited kasi this is my last year, gusto ko na makatulong sa team in any way possible."