by Jonas Terrado
Jeric Teng is getting frustrated after his comeback last Saturday was marred by another injury that may jeopardize University of Santo Tomas’s Final Four bid in UAAP Season 76.
Back after missing the team’s last five games due to shoulder injury, Teng was pulled out in the second quarter when he hurt his right hamstring.
Without Teng, the Tigers absorbed a 75-61 loss to streaking National University.
“I’m very frustrated lalo na hindi ako makatulong sa team, talo kami at wala akong nagawa para sa team,” said Teng.
Ironically, Teng’s shoulder injury also happened during their game against The Bulldogs in the first round.
The only good news for Teng was that doctors found found no tear on his hamstring after he tried to chase NU’s Robin Rono during a fastbreak play in the second period.
“Sabi ng doctor spasm lang pero iche-check pa,” said Teng. “Siguro nahila lang pero nung tinignan naman sa ultrasound parang wala naman nakitang tear.”
The defeat was the third straight for UST, which fell to sixth spot with a 4-5 record. The Tigers can’t afford to suffer another setback if theywant to earn a return trip to the Final Four.
“Siguro ito ang worst game namin,” Teng admitted. “Yung nga, outworked kami, walang wala kami, frustrated na lahat ng players, hindi na naguusap kaya kailangan next game bumawi kami.”
“Hindi na kami pwedeng matalo kasi pag natalo pa kami ng isa, aasa na kami sa other teams (para makahabol pa kami sa Final Four).”
In the same game, NU’s Bobby Ray Parks also hurt his left wrist after he challenged a driving layup of Kevin Ferrer in the first quarter. The two-time reigning MVP will undergo an X-Ray but stressed that he’s going to play regardless of the results.