Monday, 7 October 2013 1 Comment
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
IMPRESSIVE is how Alvin Teng describes the rare championship match up between his two siblings – Jeron and Jeric – in the UAAP 76 men’s basketball best-of-three finals series.
Alvin Teng, a former top defensive player in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) during the 90’s, said he is so happy that sons Jeric of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Jeron of La Salle are now playing against each other in the finals.
“That’s very impressive and that’s a very rare opportunity. It’s a dream come true,” said Teng, referring to the finals meeting of his two sons. “I’m really glad after seeing UST defeated National University in game of their final four match up because I know my two sons will play both in the finals.”
Although his two sons engaged in a tight highly physical game last Wednesday’s Game 1 finals, Teng explained that there is nothing personal in the game between his two sons since they treat the game professionally.
“It’s only basketball, just pure basketball and nothing personal. They know how to play the game,” said Teng, who was known as the ‘Robocop’ during his playing years due to his strong body that used to guard and bang bodies with Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras and hulking imports, among others.
Teng, who played for San Miguel Beer, Pepsi and Sunkist in the PBA, explained also that his two sons have a different approach in the game since the two have a different coach who imposes various systems and game styles.
“For example, Jeric under UST’s coach Pido Jarencio is relying much on the familiarity and instinct of his players which becomes effective at both ends,” said Teng. “Pido’s players are very familiar with each other and they know their respective roles.”
“For the side of Jeron under La Salle’s coach Juno, everything is organized and okay but you cannot count him out because his team was winning also during the second round and final four,” he said.
“I teach my sons some basketball tips of course but I never interfere to their respective coaches during their trainings.”
Alvin Teng was not a scorer during his years since he was an effective defender, rebounder and post player while his two siblings are both scorers, shooters and both like to drive to the basket.
Last Wednesday, UST took Game 1 of the finals with a 73-72 win at the Araneta Coliseum to step a game closer of winning the title. Jeric Teng outplayed his younger in Game 1 with 19 points. Jeron finished only with 15 points.
But last Saturday, De La Salle University tied the series to 1-1 and force a do-or-die Game 3 showdown on Saturday. Jeron Teng had 19 points in that game.