In Huddle

A Teng wins, another loses


Several years ago PBA veteran Alvin Teng and wife Susan were so preoccupied with  their thriving  hardware business, they didn’t have time  to watch their two young boys, Jeric and Jeron, play basketball for Xavier School  where they  studied in the grade and high school levels.

This went on  for sometime until  somebody told them that they are the only parents who didn’t come to watch their boys play.

“Until somebody told us that, we did not realize that  we had been taking our boys’ basketball for granted. It might have also appeared that we were unsupportive of the boys’ extra-curricular activities. But, really, we’re not,” said  Alvin.

After their attention was called, the Tengs  took stock of  their priorities and adjusted their schedules. They calendared the dates of their boys’ games and made sure they were free to watch them.

Now the situation has been reversed. You’ll hardly ever find Alvin or Susan in their huge hardware store  in Blumentritt. They’ve hired a relative to oversee their business.  All their time is spent watching their sons’ basketball games  and lately, appearing on television with the two who are fast metamorphosing into superstars.

(The two are now in the limelight as rivals in the current UAAP championship series. Jeric plays for University of Santo Tomas while Jeron is with La Salle.—Ed)

Alvin said he never thought Jeric would be able to make a successful comeback  after a serious shoulder injury in July  where  they had to resort to stem cell therapy to rehabilitate   a ripped ligament.

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According to Alvin, not both boys were born with the same passion for the sport their father loved and excelled at.

Between his two sons, Alvin said the older Jeric seems to have been born with a basketball in his hands.

“Jeric loved the sport right from the start when he was a very young boy,” said Alvin.

Jeron, on the other hand,  was more inclined towards wrestling. He wasn’t that interested in basketball at first.

“But Jeric and I must have exerted tremendous influence on Jeron. Personally, I devoted time teaching him basketball, until he learned to love it,” Alvin related.

The younger Jeron has so developed his skills and talent in the sport that some cage experts say  he now has more basketball savvy than his Kuya Jeric.

“Nagmana sa akin ng katawan si Jeron (Jeron took after my built), si Jeric naman, katawan pang-shooter (Jeric, on the other hand, has the built of a shooter).

On television, Jeric sounded like he was joking when he said that Jeron was his father’s favorite.

“His full name is Jeron Alvin, I am Jeric Allan. He’s the favorite,” Jeric said.

Incidentally,  the boys’ oldest sister Alyssa Diane also played basketball in the Ateneo intramurals.

“She’s the best foul shooter among my  children, beating my two sons,” Alvin said.

Hours before yesterday’s Game 1 of the best of three UAAP championship series between La Salle and UST,  Alvin admitted he was feeling some jitters. “Because one of my sons will lose, and already I’m feeling sorry for whoever it will be. Both of them want so much to win,” he said.

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  • Joey Sanchez

    …good work. Proud parents you ll be!

  • dodong1

    TETENG NG INA..tinalo si teng ng isang teng…

  • boybakal

    Anak ng PATENG.

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