JERIC Teng's return to action was short-lived as he suffered another injury in University of Santo Tomas’ match against National University on Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.
Back from a shoulder injury, Teng hurt his right hamstring in the second quarter while chasing Robin Rono on a fastbreak play. The fifth-year guard immediately went straight to the dugout area where he was treated by team doctors.
It was a disappointing return for Teng, who was coming off a right shoulder injury that caused him to miss four games. He sustained the shoulder injury, ironically, in their first-round encounter with NU in July.
Teng, who had logged two points in 10 minutes of action, rejoined his teammates at the bench but didn’t return to the floor.
The fifth-year guard said that doctors’ initial diagnosis was a spasm but he will still need to be checked out.
“Sabi ng doctor ko, spasm lang pero i-che-check pa tomorrow or Monday para malaman,” Teng said.
“Parang nahila or nag-snap,” Teng recounted. “Pero tinignan naman ng ultrasound, wala naman. Baka spasms lang talaga.”
Teng admitted that he may have overworked himself in his eagerness to return to the court and help the struggling Tigers, who have slumped to their third straight defeat with a 61-75 decision over the Bulldogs.
“Siguro, feeling ko, I overworked myself. Last week lang ako na-clear mag-practice. One week palang ako. One of the reasons siguro,” Teng said.
“Pero ramdam ko na baka maging liability pa ako. Mahirap naman ipilit. Hindi ako makagalaw ng maayos so I decided not to play.”