MANILA, Philippines — Jeric Teng showed promise in his debut for the Mahindra Floodbuster and the former University of Santo Tomas star vowed to continue improving as he tries to help the struggling team.
Teng spent the first three years of his PBA career with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters but struggled to get regular minutes under coach Yeng Guiao, averaging only 3.1 points in 83 games. He was not signed to an extension in the offseason, but soon found his way to Mahindra.
He played his first game for the Floodbuster on Sunday, a 94-91 loss to San Miguel Beer, scoring three points in an eight-minute stint.
"Jeric showed a lot in these past few days, what he's capable of," said Mahindra coach Chris Gavina, who said the team signed Teng in part to make up for the absence of injured gunner Gary David. ...
David played only one game since signing with Mahindra, and has missed their last two games, including a 91-94 setback to San Miguel Beer last Sunday.
According to Mahindra coach Chris Gavina, David has a "minor meniscus tear" in his left knee and the team is considering surgery for him....
The former University of Santo Tomas star, who recently became a free agent, was already practicing with the Floodbusters, according to a report by Spin.
Mahindra is looking for an outside threat, which is why it is looking at Teng....
Mallari was traded to Mahindra from the Star Hotshots in the offseason in exchange for Aldrech Ramos. In three games so far, he has averaged 1.53 points on 44% shooting, while adding 7.67 rebounds and 1.67 assists per game, though he also commits four turnovers per contest.
Mahindra has yet to win a contest in the conference, however, having lost its first two games by an average of 22 points before settling for a 10-point loss, 104-114, to Phoenix last Sunday....
After losing their first two games by 22 points, the Floodbuster fought back from a 30-point fourth-quarter deficit against Phoenix and managed to get to within seven points with less than a minute left, before running out of time and settling for a 104-114 defeat.
It was the second time that they tried to mount a comeback but failed. Last Wednesday, they fell behind by 49 points to Rain or Shine, went on a 20-0 run in the third and fourth frames, and lost, 83-105. This time around, they had 21 unanswered points in the final quarter before Phoenix hit enough free throws to ice the game....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||2||6||0.250|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||5th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||2||9||0.182||11th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||9th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||11th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||1||10||0.091||11th|