Seldom-used Jeric Teng sees Jones Cup stint with Mighty Sports as opportunity to grow

Seldom-used Rain or Shine guard Jeric Teng doesn’t consider his upcoming stint with Mighty Sports as “demotion” but more as an opportunity to get better as he plays with 7 imports in the upcoming William Jones Cup in Taipei.

The 6-foot-1 Teng, selected 12th overall by Rain or Shine in the 2013 PBA Draft, has yet to experience a breakthrough season with the Asian Coating franchise.

The former University of Santo Tomas stalwart averaged just 3.78 points and 1.17 rebounds in 9.28 minutes during the first 2 conferences in the PBA.

But the son of former PBA bullstrong big man Alvin Teng isn’t complaining.

“Basically for me, parang it’s experience sa akin (to play for Mighty Sports),” Teng told FOX Sports after the team’s practice.

” Though I know most of the time, they (imports) are the ones gonna be playing, but the experience na makalaro against other countries and makalaro ang mga best imports sa atin, that will be big and kapag ginamit ako, I’ll give my best.”

The soft-spoken Teng said Rain or Shine owner Raymund Yu gave him his blessing to play for Mighty Sports, whose management are good friends of the Elasto Painters’ big boss.

“Parang pinaalam ako sa owner kina boss Raymund Yu kasi kapwa Xavier so just to play here,” he said.

But Teng was promised to be re-activated to the Rain or Shine roster once he’s done playing for Might Sports.

Asked what his plans are since his original three-year rookie contract is set to expire next month, Teng remains unsure.

“Actually wala pa (plans). But we’ll take it one day at a time because I don’t know yet,” he said. – By Richard Dy

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