AMID jeers from the Emilio Aguinaldo College gallery, Tey Teodoro calmly sank two charities that turned out to be the go-ahead baskets in the 81-79 victory for Jose Rizal University in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Friday.
Just like that, the gutsy rookie point guard from Lucena repaid the faith of Bombers coach Vergel Meneses.
The 20-year-old playmaker provided a spark off the bench to steal the spotlight from veteran guard Philip Paniamogan. He scored eight points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer that gave the Bombers their biggest lead that cushioned a late charge by the Generals.
“Basta once hugutin ako ni coach Vergel, ready to play lang ako,” the freshman said. “Kailangan bigyan ko siya ng quality minutes kasi rookie pa lang ako at alam ko na hindi ganun katagal yung playing time ko.”
In all, Teodoro scattered 14 points, built around two triples, along with one assist and one steal in 21 minutes.
But Meneses expects more as he sees a ton of potential from the Bombers’ sixth man.
“He can be one of the best in the league as long as he pushes himself,” said Meneses, who rarely offers praises for his wards. “He should be more aggressive.”
“He’s the future of the NCAA.”