Impressive is how Alvin Teng describes the rare championship match-up between his two sons, Jeron and Jeric, in the UAAP men’s basketball best-of-three finals series.
Teng, a former top defensive player in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) during the 90’s, said he is so happy that Jeric, a mainstay of University of Santo Tomas, and Jeron, a starting player for La Salle, are facing off in the finals.
The Growling Tigers took Game 1, 73-72, last Wednesday to move to within a game of winning the title.
Jeric outscored his brother, finishing with 19 points. Jeron had 15.
“That’s very impressive and that’s a very rare opportunity. It’s a dream come true,” said Teng, referring to the hyped-up brother-versus-brother showdown.
Although his two sons played a highly bruising game last Wednesday, Teng said there is nothing personal between his two sons.
“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 he used to guard and bang bodies with the likes of Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras and hulking imports.
Teng, who played for San Miguel Beer, Pepsi and Sunkist in the PBA, said his two sons have a different approach to the game, since they play under different coaches.
“Jeric, under UST’s coach Pido Jarencio, relies heavily on the familiarity and instinct of his players,” said Teng. “Pido’s players are very familiar with each other and they know their respective roles.”
Under Green Archer coach Juno Sauler, “everything is organized and okay but you cannot count him out because his team was winning also in the second round and final four,” he said.
Teng said he gives his sons some basketball tips “but I never interfere with their coaches during training.”
Alvin Teng was not a scorer but was an effective defender, rebounder and post player.
In contrast, Jeric and Jeron are shooters and both like to drive to the basket.
JOSEF T. RAMOS