Jeron Teng an­tic­i­pates 'spe­cial' Fi­nals against Ate­neo

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DThe Blue Ea­gles es­caped with a hard­fought 69-68 win over the de­fend­ing cham­pion Far Eastern Uni­ver­sity (FEU) to book their seat in the Fi­nals on Wed­nes­day, one week af­ter La Salle sealed their own Fi­nals berth with a 69-64 win over Adam­son Uni­ver­sity.

It will be the first time in eight years that the arch-ri­vals will face off in the Fi­nals. Back in Sea­son 71, a Chris Tiu-led Ate­neo team de­feated the Green Archers for the first of five straight ti­tles.

"This is go­ing to be spe­cial, be­cause per­son­ally, I'm try­ing to give La Salle a cham­pi­onship in my fi­nal year," said Teng, who was the Fi­nals MVP when the Green Archers won it all back in Sea­son 76.

"I need to do what­ever it takes – same with the whole team," he said.

That they are fac­ing off against their archri­vals is just added mo­ti­va­tion for the Green Archers, who are aching to avenge their lone loss of the elim­i­na­tion round – a 7183 set­back to Ate­neo back on Novem­ber 5.

"Ma­g­a­nda rin na Ate­neo, kasi they beat us the last game, and we have some­thing to prove pa," said Teng.

"I think we're go­ing to show it sa Fi­nals," he added.

Teng will be one of the marked men for La Salle af­ter an­other solid sea­son that saw him av­er­age 16.9 points and 3.3 re­bounds per game de­spite play­ing only 27.4 min­utes per con­test – the fewest of his UAAP ca­reer.

He was the cat­a­lyst of their win over Adam­son as well, scor­ing 25 points and tak­ing charge in crunch time to fi­nally put away the gritty Fal­cons.

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