MANILA, Philippines – La Salle forward Jeron Teng earned the UAAP Player of the Week award after his late-game heroics helped push the Green Archers into a three-way tie for first place in the Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.
Teng, last season’s Rookie of the Year, scored the go-ahead putback with 44.8 seconds left, then forced two-time league MVP Ray Parks to shoot an airball in the game’s final possession to lift La Salle to a 57-55 comeback win over National University (NU) last Sunday.
It was the sixth straight victory of the Green Archers, which forged a tie for first with NU and Far Eastern University at 9-4 as the season enters its final three play dates.
Teng’s performance against NU capped off a series of sensational outings that allowed him to clinch the ACCEL 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week plum.
He averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games last week, including a 17-point performance in La Salle’s 75-65 overtime win over University of the East last Wednesday.
Against NU, Teng finished with 21 points, and scored crucial baskets in La Salle’s 14-3 run to end the game, which allowed them to come back from a 43-52 deficit with five minutes remaining.
Teng readily gave credit to his teammates for La Salle’s turnaround after a 3-4 record in the first round.
“Nag-uusap kami ng mga teammates ko, and we always have the trust of each other,” said Teng.
Teng won the weekly honor backed by Gatorade and given by scribes from the national broadsheets, tabloids and online publications over teammate Jason Perkins, Ateneo’s Chris Newsome, NU’s Parks, and FEU’s Terrence Romeo.