Trash-talking begins between Teng brothers
MANILA, Philippines – Hoops brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng have begun trash-talking ahead of their best-of-three UAAP Season 76 Finals series.
Jeric, in his final year with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, is seeking to win a title before ending his collegiate career, but his brother, Jeron of the De La Salle Green Archers, is determined not to let that happen.
“Pag nagkikita kami ni Jeric, naglolokohan kami,” Jeron said in a press conference on Monday. “As early as now, I told him, ‘Sorry na.’ Last year na niya, but we really have to win this one.”
But Jeric says Jeron is only joking around to mask his own nervousness.
“Sa tingin ko yung pagso-sorry niya, parang nagjo-joke lang siya. Kasi feeling ko kinakabahan na siya eh,” said Jeric. “So para mawala ‘yung kaba niya, nagsasabi siya ng sorry, niloloko niya ako.”
Both brothers agreed that the trash-talking is likely to spill inside the court once Game 1 gets underway on Wednesday.
“Definitely, pag naka-shoot ako, maririnig niya,” Jeric said. “Siguro kasi mas ginaganahan ako pag inaasar koi to eh.”
“Hindi naman maiiwasan na magkakapikunan kami,” Jeron added. “Magkakabantayan kami, tapos magiging physical talaga kami.”
Even their parents agree that brotherly love will have to be put aside once they step inside the court.
“Sa akin ang advice ko sa kanila, all out sila sa paglalaro kasi unang-una, kayo ang tinitingnan,” said their father, Alvin Teng. “At isa pa, wala ng kapatid ‘yan sa Finals.”
In the event that they will guard each other, both Jeron and Jeric say they will not pull any punches.
“I think we will be more physical. Wala na ‘yung hiya-hiya. Physical na talaga,” said Jeric. “Alan namin na we’re so close to getting a championship, so talagang paga-awayan namin ‘yan.”
“Kami we’re both competitive,” Jeron agreed. “And we’re so close to winning the championship, so we’ll really do everything to win. Kahit kapatid ko siya, s’yempre di ko papa-shoot-in.”
Moreover, Jeron is already contemplating the aftermath of a victory against his brother.
“Mas maganda ito. Mas magiging memorable for me, winning my first championship and beating my brother,” said the younger Jeron, drawing laughs from Jeric and their parents. “It’s a good opportunity for me to really remember the championship.”
While they have not made a bet on the outcome of the championship series, Jeric said they both know what is at stake.
“Wala naman kaming usapan. Pero I think it’s a given na, hindi na kailangang pag-usapan. ‘Yung talo, utusan,” Jeric said.