MANILA – As the UST Growling Tigers and the De La Salle Green Archers face off in the UAAP 76 men’s basketball finals, no one is happier than PBA legend Alvin Teng.
Teng’s two sons, Jeric and Jeron, are playing major roles in the finals matchup, which will be decided in a do-or-die game on Saturday.
However, he admits that the Teng household is torn between the two teams, and they have resorted to splitting their family in half to cheer for the opposing squads.
“Sobrang hirap kasi hindi namin ine-expect sa finals na magkapatid ang maglalaban. Hati kami ng misis, siya sa La Salle, ‘yung dalawa kong anak na babae hati din,” he told ANC’s “Hardball” on Wednesday.
Teng said, while he cannot be prouder that both his sons are in the finals, the feeling is bittersweet because one of them will inevitably fall short of winning a championship.
“’Di kami masyado makapag-cheer eh…Nase-stress na nga kaming mag-asawa,” he said.
Jeric and Jeron figured in a shoving match in Game 1 of the finals after jockeying for position under the basket, an incident that surprised even their father.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, kapag sa laro, walang kapa-kapatid, laban talaga…Pero sabi ko huwag sila mag-pisikal masyado kasi magkapatid kayo. Laro lang, just enjoy the game,” said Teng.
The former PBA star said the brothers were able to joke about it after the game, noting that the older sibling, Jeric, would sometimes talk trash to the younger Jeron at home.
“Si Jeric makulit kasi eh. Si Jeron medyo tahimik, relaxed lang palagi,” he said.
Teng believes that the pressure is on UST to win Game 3, saying they had the chance to end the series in Game 2 after notching a 73-72 Game 1 win.
But he added that whatever happens on Saturday, he is proud that both of his sons are reaping successes in their young basketball careers.
“Kahit sinong manalo, masaya kami. Basta importante iwasan nila ‘yung sakitan at healthy lagi, masaya na kami,” he said.
Jeric will be playing his last game in the UAAP on Saturday, while Jeron is still eligible to play for 2 more years.