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Alaska's Compton not surprised at Jeron's quick impact

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Alex Compton never had any doubt that Jeron Teng will make an immediate impact in the PBA, as he has followed the player's progress since he was a teenager all the way to his years with De La Salle University.

Teng shone for Compton's Aces once more on Sunday, firing 23 points on just 17 shots while grabbing nine rebounds. He keyed Alaska's 102-65 rout of Kia, scoring 13 points in the pivotal third quarter that gave them complete control of the game.

Alaska rookie Jeron Teng defends during their game against Kia Picanto. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports
"Jeron is Jeron," Compton said simply when asked of his rookie's performance after the game.

"He's been taking over since he was probably around eight (years old)," he added. "The first time I saw him, him and Kiefer (Ravena) were somewhere around the same age – 12, 13, or 14. He's just always had a knack for dominating."

Compton noted that Teng, the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, was blessed with the same bulk that his father, Alvin Teng, had. "Ang laking tao, brusko," he observed.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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