A dutiful son, Alaska sophomore Jeron Teng wants to honor his dad, Alvin, by wearing the same jersey number Alvin used when he was still playing in the PBA.
Alvin donned the jersey No. 10 when he suited up for San Miguel, Pepsi, and Alaska, where he eventually retired. The former La Salle star was elated to finally get hold of his dad's uniform.
“Before I entered PBA, last year pa lang, I wanted to be No. 10 to give honor to my dad kasi when he was still playing, No. 10 siya,” said Jeron on Wednesday night after Alaska defeated Columbian, 94-72, at the MOA Arena.
The No. 10 wasn’t available during his rookie year so he had to settle for No 12, the same jersey number he had in high school playing for Xavier School, instead.
“Gusto ko sana talaga mag No. 10 kaso during that time I entered Alaska, nandoon pa si Marion Magat, so syempre respect sa seniority so ayun, nag No. 12 muna ako,” he recalled.
“Sakto naman [this season] umalis siya [na-trade siya], kinuha ko na yung No. 10,” he added.
Jeron could not contain his happiness as he finally got what he always wanted.
Although he grew up being compared to his father, Jeron said that he never felt pressured by it and even used it as motivation.
“Syempre happy ako kasi this is my way to give back to the one who introduced me, and taught me basketball, which is my dad,” he said.
“Syempre may pressure na gusto ko makalaro ng kagaya niya, actually hindi naman pressure pero more on motivation for me na maglaro [ng maayos],” he added.