Jeron Teng's maturity and improved free throw shooting paying dividends for La Salle
La Salle star Jeron Teng scored 32 points and, more importantly, got his teammates involved when Ateneo's defense started to zero in on him. Jaime Campos

JERON Teng’s work on free throw shooting and his willingness to involve his teammates on offense made him stand out in La Salle’s 88-86 win over rival Ateneo in the UAAP on Sunday night.

Teng scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half to set the tone for the Green Archers then deferred to his teammates in the second half when Ateneo's defense started to focus on him.

“I saw openings for me, that was why I took them. In the second half, nag-adjust ‘yung defense nila so I had to adjust and look for my teammates,” said Teng, who also had six rebounds, five assists, and a steal.

More impressive was Teng’ shooting from the foul line - regarded as one of the weakest points of his game - where he went 17-of-20 against the Blue Eagles.

Teng was happy to see his work on his free-throw shooting starting to pay off.

“I just really worked on my free throws. Because I know every game, I’ll take those free throws. In order to help my team, I really have to make my free throws,” Teng said.

More than his scoring output, however, La Salle coach Juno Sauler praised Teng praised Teng for making good decisions on the floor in the second half.

“He made very good reads to involve his teammates. I remember one play when they doubled Jeron at midcourt, he just made a pass to Julian (Sargent) because he was open,” said Sauler.

"Other guys were scoring because of Jeron recognizing the defense."

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