JERIC Teng is willing to do everything to keep University of Santo Tomas competitive this season — even if it means playing as a point guard for his beloved Tigers.
With former starter Jeric Fortuna gone, the point guard spot has become a problematic area for UST coach Pido Jarencio who has been trying out a host of players both old and new in his bid to fill the vacuum.
Count Teng in.
“Minsan siguro gagawin ko rin ‘yun,” said Teng, who is UST's team captain and top threat from the outside.
UST’s backcourt includes Kim Lo, Eduardo Daquioag, Louie Vigil, and Clark Bautista, who all have a shot at the starting point guard position during the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup preseason tournament.
“Actually, ang gusto talaga ni coach Pido, ‘yung point guard namin maging versatile, lahat puwede magdala ng bola. Advantage para sa amin ‘yun kasi malalaki kami,” Teng said.
Teng admitted that Fortuna’s absence has left a big hole in a team that was good enough to reach the finals opposite five-time champion Ateneo in the last UAAP season.
“Fortuna is a big loss pero lahat naman ng teams, may mawawala. Every year, may kailangang mag-step-up. Siguro ngayon, hinahanap pa namin talaga kung sino ang mag-po-point guard,” Teng said.
“Heto namang Filoil Cup talaga ang testing ground namin lalo na kung sino ang papalit sa point guard para sa UAAP. Pero every game, mag-iimprove pa kami,” said Teng.