MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University forward Jeron Teng was named the UAAP Player of the Week after his spectacular 32-point performance in their 88-86 victory over archrivals Ateneo, which gave the Green Archers a share of the top spot.
Teng scored 21 points in the first half as the defending champions raced to a 13-point second quarter lead before finding ways to involve his teammates to avenge their 97-86 loss to the Kiefer Ravena-led Eagles in the first round.
"In the first half, I saw some openings for me, so I took it. But in the second half, nag-adjust ang defense sa akin, kaya I tried to look for my open teammates," said Teng, who also had six rebounds and five assists.
Teng's performance earned him the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/3XVI Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
Teng's output was three points shy of his career-high of 35 points that he set two years ago against National University. He was seven-of-16 from the field and made 17 of 20 free throws despite being a 69.6% shooter from the foul line in the first round.
Behind Teng, La Salle stretched its winning streak to six games, erasing the bitter memory of losses to Far Eastern University and Ateneo to start the season.
Teng averaged 27 points in their past two games, but La Salle coach Juno Sauler also praised him for leading the champion's team-oriented play.
"He makes very good reads and he involves his teammates. The reasons why the other guys were scoring is not because of the openings they got but because of Jeron recognizing the defense," said Sauler.
Teng won the weekly honor supported by Bactigel Hand Sanitizer, Mighty Mom Dishwashing and Dr. J Rubbing Alcohol over teammate Jason Perkins, University of the East's Charles Mammie and the FEU pair of Mac Belo and Carl Bryan Cruz.