There is no denying that Jeric and Jeron Teng have taken over the UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 76.
Jeric and Jeron will face each other in the finals of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament. Jeric is playing as small forward for University of Sto. Tomas while Jeric plays as guard/forward for De La Salle University.
Each is confident that he will take home this year’s championship.
Jeric says, “Ako, very confident ako dahil we’ve been here before sa finals and I think we’re peaking the right time.
“Yung team namin, we played three knock out games and and'un na yung character ng team namin na ayaw magpatalo.”
On Jeron's end, the player vows to fulfill the wish of DLSU supporters that his team be this year's champs: “Hindi naman kami confident pero we think we can win this one against UST kasi 'yun nga… I think we have to win this championship for De La Salle and those who support us.”
At a press conference held last Monday, September 30, at Revolver Studios in Bonifacio Global City, the Teng brothers said their respective teams have been laying out game plans and assessing their rival's strengths and weaknesses.
“Pinaghahandaan namin yung mga mistakes na nagawa nila, yung mga weaknesses and strengths nila para mapaghandaan namin sa game namin,” Jeric said.
Jeron said, “With La Salle, we have our scouting report against UST. So, 'yun nga, we watch their games and we have our own game plans din.”
Jeron appeared firm in his decision to take away the title from his brother.
“A while ago nga, as early as now, I told him ‘I’m sorry’ na nga e. Last year niya na e, wala e. We really have to win this one," the 19-year-old Marketing student replied, in jest, when asked if he would give up the championship to his brother as this is Jeric’s last playing season.
He added, “Siyempre, hindi. Kasi, 'yun nga, I wanna win this championship for the La Salle community and for those alumni who really supported us. Sina Boss Danding [Cojuangco] and to all our managers.
“They really support us talaga, they give us everything we need. So, I think we must give back, also to them to win this championship.”
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the brothers said they owe their passion for basketball to their father, former PBA player Alvin Teng. And no, they have no plans for any showbiz career.
Jeron joked, “Siguro, depende na lang 'yun sa mga... kung sino yung love team.”
But Jeric is open to accepting projects as long as these do not interfere with basketball or his studies.
The 22-year-old UST ace player said, “Studies talaga dahil yun talaga yung pinaka-importante sa akin, and basketball also. Pero if given the chance, if off season, why not? Di ba?”
Jeron, for his part, is staying put. “Wala, while still in La Salle, I just want to focus first in my basketball and studies ko talaga. Kasi in La Salle, I’m taking up two major courses e, so nagfo-focus ako dun.”
The brothers said they are single. PEP asked them about things their fans do not know and would want to know:
Who’s the quick-tempered one?
Jeric: “Ako, kasi ayoko talagang matalo, e. I love winning.”
What do you usually do when you’re pissed off?
Jeric: “Nagwawala ako, nagdadabog.”
Jeron: “Pag naasar ako, medyo quiet lang ako pag naasar ako, e.”
What’s your favorite food?
Jeron: "Chicken Curry."
Who’s the more handsome?
Jeric: “Ako! Siya [Jeron] cute lang! Wala, siyempre self-confident.”
Who’s the more popular heartthrob?
Jeric: “Parehas, parehas.”
Jeron: “Parehas, siguro. Parehas na lang.”
What kind of girl do you like?
Jeric: “Ako, simple lang. Simple and yung talagang family oriented.”
Jeron: “Ako rin, simple. Siyempre maganda, sexy. Parang hindi na simple e, no?”
Mestiza or Morena?
Jeron: “Kahit dalawa.”
Jeron: “Depende, depende!”
What do you consider is your strength?
Jeric: “Yung competitiveness ko. Yung talagang gusto ko manalo. Pero sometimes, weakness ko rin yun dahil minsan hirap akong tangapin ang pagkatalo. Yung, yung isang strength ko pero sa tingin ko weakness ko rin.”
Jeron: “Sa tingin ko, my strength is… I’m really hardworking talaga. I really practice a lot to help improve my skills for basketball.”
What do you think is your brother’s strength?
Jeric: “Yung kay Jeron siguro yung perseverance niya. Kahit anong mangyare parang hindi siya nada-down. Parang nagwo-work hard pa siya than usual pag masama yung loob niya.”
Jeron: “Feeling ko yung strength niya is maturity. Sobrang mature na talaga siya. He knows what he’s gonna do. He knows what to tell his team mates on how to motivate din.”
What do you think is his weakness?
Jeric: “Siguro 'yun nga, napipikon siya so medyo naa-out of focus siya.”
Jeron: “Weakness niya is shooting.”
Do you have any routines before a basketball match?
Jeric: “I usually pray. Tapos, 'yun nga, pagkagising ko sa umaga, bawal na ako matulog ulit. And I drink lots of water and Gatorade, of course.”
Jeron: “Ako, I listen to music to relax me and to get my groove.”
University of Sto. Tomas won the first game of the finals earlier against De La Salle University with a score of 73 - 72. Catch the Game 2 of the UAAP Men's Basketball on Saturday, October 5, at SMART Araneta Coliesum.