OTHER that redeeming himself from a sub-par performance the last time, La Salle star Jeron Teng had one other motivation for bouncing back big in the Green Archers’ 94-73 win over Far Eastern University in the UAAP Final Four on Saturday.
Teng admitted he had to play doubly hard for the sake of graduating teammates Almond Vosotros, Yutien Andrada, and Norbert Torres.
The former Rookie of the Year said he wants the three to have an extended season, and hopefully leave the Taft-based school winning a second straight men’s championship.
“Para na rin sa seniors ko because I don't want them to end their UAAP season early,” he said. “Iniisip ko lang 'yung mga teammates ko. Gusto ko lang talaga (manalo). Para sa kanila 'yung mga games.”
Teng exploded for 25 points to help the reigning champion forge a do-or-die encounter with the Tamaraws for a berth in the best-of-three Finals.
His output was definitely a far cry from his eight-point performance during the playoff between the two teams Sunday to determine the no. 2 seeded team. The Archers lost that one, 65-60.
Teng obviously got a lot of flak following the loss, especially in the wake of his presence in an underwear fashion show that took place just the night before the game.
But the La Salle guard was quick to shrug off the criticism against him.
“Syempre kailangan ko bumawi dahil medyo crucial na ang games, kailangan maglaro ako ng maayos,” he said. “Hindi ko iniisip ang sinasabi ng mga tao dahil makakasira lang 'yun sa akin.”
Teng also said he has fully recovered from a bout with dengue that had him hospitalized for three days.
The rubber match between FEU and La Salle is set Wednesday at 6p.m.