Jeron Teng show highlights first weekend of second round, earns Player of the Week honors from UAAP scribes
La Salle shares the top of the standings with two other teams, thanks to another fine performance from Jeron Teng. Jerome Ascano

ONE game, one win. That was enough for Jeron Teng to earn his second UAAP Player of the Week honors from scribes after a 32-point performance that lifted La Salle to an 88-86 win over Ateneo and a share of the lead.

It was the Archers and Eagles’ first match of the second round, and the defending champions got off to a fast start to forge a three-way tie atop the leaderboard — La Salle, Ateneo and Far Eastern University all holding 6-2 win-loss cards.

Teng scored 21 points in the first half as the defending champions raced to a 13-point second quarter lead before finding ways to involve his teammates to avenge their 97-86 loss to the Kiefer Ravena-led Eagles in the first round.

“In the first half, I saw some openings for me so I took it, but in the second half, nag-adjust ang defense sa akin kaya I tried to look for my open teammates,” said Teng, who also had six rebounds and five assists.

The brilliance of the 20-year-old earned him the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/3XVI Player of the Week for the second time this season. 

Teng's output was three points shy of tying his career-high of 35 two years ago against National University. The 69.6 percent shooter from the foul line also came up with an impressive 17 made shots out of 20 attempts from the stripe.

Behind Teng, La Salle stretched its winning streak to six games, erasing the bitter memory of losing to FEU and Ateneo to start the season.

Teng has averaged 27 points in the last two games, but his coach Juno Sauler has also praised him for leading La Salle's team-oriented play.

"He makes very good reads and he involves his teammates," said Sauler. "The reason why the other guys were scoring is not because of the openings they got but because of Jeron recognizing the defense."

Teng won the weekly honor supported by Bactigel Hand Sanitizer, Mighty Mom Dishwashing and Dr. J Rubbing Alcohol over teammate Jason Perkins, University of the East's Charles Mammie and the FEU pair of Mac Belo and Carl Bryan Cruz.

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