IMPRESSIVE is the way Alvin Teng described the rare University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball championship match between De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas where his sons Jeron and Jeric play against each other.
“That’s very impressive and that’s a very rare opportunity. It’s a dream come true,” said Teng, a top defensive player in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) during the 1990’s
Although his sons engaged in a highly physical game in Wednesday’s Game 1, Teng said that his boys are taking things professionally not personally.
“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 because of his proclivity to collide body-to-body against local top guns Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras and even against the big imports.
Teng, who played for San Miguel Beer, Pepsi and Sunkist in the PBA, also explained that his two sons have different approaches to playing since the two have different coaches that teach different game styles.
“For example, Jeric’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.”
“In the case 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 added.
Teng stressed that save for giving them a few tips, he’s not interfering with his two son’s training.
“I teach my sons some basketball tips of course but I never interfere with the way their respective coaches implement training.”
Alvin Teng was not a scorer during his years since he was an effective defender, rebounder and post player. In contrast, his sons are both adept scorers and shooters.
In Wednesday’s Game 1, where UST beat La Salle 73-72, Jeric posted 17 points, while Jeron notched 15 points.