The Philippine Star

Teng re­turns with aplomb, helps Alaska end slump

- By OLMIN LEYBA Alaska · San Miguel Brewery

Games Wed­nes­day (Ynares Cen­ter, An­tipolo) 4:30 p.m. – Columbian Dyip vs NLEX Road War­riors 7 p.m. – Black­wa­ter vs Mag­no­lia

Gain­ing from the splen­did come­back game of Jeron Teng, Alaska fi­nally got over the hump and scored a 78-71 break­through over Rain or Shine in the PBA Gover­nors’ Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Col­i­seum.

Teng, who was side­lined by a ham­string in­jury at the start of the con­fer­ence, im­me­di­ately made a big im­pact and scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quar­ter as the Aces claimed their maiden win for coach Jef­frey Cari­aso af­ter a 0-5 start.

In the sec­ond game, Justin Brown­lee de­liv­ered a triple-dou­ble of 28-14-14 as Barangay Gine­bra ar­rested a two-game skid with a 129-124 dis­patch­ing of erst­while un­beaten San Miguel Beer. “Just happy to get that mon­key off your back. To­day I think is the day that for once, we played a solid four quar­ters be­cause in pre­vi­ous games, there’s only maybe one quar­ter we played okay, we’re lucky to have two quar­ters of de­cent play. But to­day, we sus­tained the dis­ci­pline for four quar­ters,” said Cari­aso.

“And more than any­thing, we’re re­ally happy with the 71 we gave. We re­ally fo­cused on de­fend­ing bet­ter and I think that trans­lates a lit­tle bit in this game,” he added.

With Teng back, Cari­aso got one piece that’s miss­ing in the first five out­ings.

“He’s a big help,” he said of Teng.

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