FOR the past four years, it was Pido Jarencio who gave words of wisdom to Jeric Teng, his top gunner at University of Santo Tomas.
Now, it’s the turn of the high-scoring guard to return the favor to his outspoken mentor.
Teng gave Jarencio encouragement and support following Pido’s failure to land the coaching job at Barako Bull.
The incoming team captain of the Tigers believes Jarencio’s time in the PBA will definitely come, since a talent like him deserves a place in Asia’s pioneering pro league.
“I am definite darating yung time ni coach Pido na mag- PBA,” said the second generation Teng.
One of the playing children of former PBA player Alvin Teng, Jeric said Jarencio just has to be patient in waiting for that moment to come.
“Meron yan (PBA career for Jarencio). Mag-antay lang ng kaunti si coach Pido andami niyang accomplishment,” said Teng. “Alam ko naghihintay na yung trabaho na yun sa kanya.”
But deep inside, Teng admitted he’s among those who were pleased when Jarencio failed to come to terms with Barako Bull.
Not that he doesn’t want to. It just so happened the change in plans meant a return to UST for the 50-year-old Jarencio.
“Mixed feeling ako nung sinabi niya sa amin. Kasi gusto ko rin na happy si coach. Alam ko kasi ini-expect niya yung job na yun eh,” said Teng.
“Pero happy rin ako kasi bumalik siya sa amin at makakasama ko siya sa last year ko sa Uste.”
With Jarencio re-joing the UST squad, the Tigers are expected to once again vie for the UAAP men’s basketball title in the coming Season 76.
UST fell short of winning the championship last year after it was swept in two games by five-time champion Ateneo.
“Ngayon ang pinaka-malaking chance namin at gagawin namin lahat para mag-champion. Kasi kapag nangyari yun, sabay-sabay kaming aangat,” said Teng, who hopes to see himself and Jarencio being in the PBA at the same time next year.