HIS immense popularity as well as several television commitments have not gotten in the way of Jeron Teng's performance on the court as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League swung into action this week.
The Archers star apparently is keeping his eyes on the ball.
When De La Salle faced University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP men’s basketball finals, Teng and his older brother Jeric rose to national prominence as their sibling rivalry became the focal point of the championship series.
They Said It!
“In shape pa rin. I’m ready." - La Salle cager Jeron Teng
The demand on Jeron's time and requests for television guestings grew even more when the Green Archers took the Season 76 championship at the expense of Jeric and the rest of the UST Tigers.
Jeron even sat as judge in one of the segments of ABS-CBN’s noontime show It’s Showtime and made an appearance in a promotional video that featured his brother Jeric and actress Jessie Mendiola.
Upon his return to the court, however, Teng seemed like he never missed a beat.
The sophomore guard scored five of the team’s last 11 points as the Green Archers defeated San Beda, 64-60, on Thursday to make it to the best-of-three finals of the PCCL.
“In shape pa rin. I’m ready,” said Teng, making it clear that despite all the trimmings of celebrity, basketball is and will always be his top priority.
Despite the weeks away from the court and his other commitments, the son of former PBA player Alvin Teng said he never found it hard to return to top form because of one simple reason.
“It’s only basketball,” he said.
La Salle coach Juno Sauler admitted that it took some time not only for Teng but the rest of the Green Archers to get back into playing shape after winning the UAAP crown.
“Not only Jeron but lahat kami. We had a six-week break. It can work against us because wala kaming hangin,” Sauler said.
Aside from the weeks of inactivity, Sauler said his players also had to find the right balance between basketball and academics now that the UAAP is in its offseason.
“Right now, after the UAAP, it’s not just the appearances but even in academics, we are trying to find the right balance between academics and sports,” said Sauler.
“During the UAAP, the games were important but right now, they practice pero may academics din so I need to let them do their academics,” said Sauler.
But as the win over San Beda has shown, Teng and Co. have not missed a beat.