The son of Alvin Teng embraces confidence boost heading into battle against the giants
After winning their first two games to open the league’s 43rd season, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings looked like the team who is ready to take down the league’s best all-Filipino crew, the San Miguel Beermen. Then, they ran into the path of the Blackwater Elites who in turn, handed the Gin Kings their first taste of defeat this conference, 94-77. While the fans of the Gin Kings are hoping that their team will bounce back from this setback, they are heading into another anticipated battle and it’s not some mediocre team, folks. It’s the Alaska Aces who are now bannered by Calvin Abueva AND their prized rookie, Jeron Teng.
Facing the Gin Kings may be a daunting task but one player is looking forward to it and that player is Jeron Teng. In fact, the son of former PBA player, Alvin Teng, is the welcoming the confidence boost that he gained from breakaway third quarter against the Kia Picanto when outscored the entire Kia team, 13-5. Folks, that’s 13 of his 23 points in the win- Alaska’s 2nd straight.
Question: Can Ginebra defend Jeron Teng?
Realistically, Ginebra has no one on their current roster ASIDE from Joe Devance that can match-up the intensity of Jeron Teng on both ends of the court. As we saw in their previous game against Blackwater, Ginebra struggled to defend Mac Belo who scored 22 points despite making 6 of 17 shots. Aside from Belo, Ginebra also failed to limit Allein Maliksi who added 17 points for the win.
Having said that, Ginebra will have their hands full on Jeron Teng aside from the Beast, Calvin Abueva. Sure, they can contain the Beast but defending Jeron Teng is another story all throughout. Tim Cone could send out Kevin Ferrer or even start Japeth Aguilar at the 3 spot to try to defend Teng. But then, we’re talking about Tim Cone, ladies and gentlemen, the winningest coach in the history of the PBA. One way or another, he’ll figure things out. But then again, we’re also talking about defending Jeron Teng.
Prediction: Alaska will stun the Gin Kings in Sunday’s game, January 21.
Kevin Ferrer says he is okay after falling down face first in the first half of their game against Talk and Text last night.
Rookie Kevin Ferrer was just warming up and have just played 6 minutes last night when the ugly incident happened. Kevin Ferrer was chasing down the shot of Mo Tautua from behind but pumped fake by Tautua left Ferrer with no clear landing spot and made him out of balance as he falls awkwardly face first to the hardwood. Kevin Ferrer immediately cringed in pain as he held his face while on the ground.
Ferrer was taken to the hospital later than night as his face has swelled up.
After a few hours, Kevin Ferrer twitted and said he is okay but is still waiting for the official results of the test. We hope everything is cleared.
Okay naman po ako 😊I hope okay naman yung result 🙏🏼
Kevin Ferrer played 6 minutes last night against Kia and he scored 9 points, imagine how many he can score if he plays for about 30 minutes?
24 year old Kevin is a product of UST Growling Tigers where he was considered one of the main key players. The 6’5 forward has been drafted by Ginebra in a special draft and has been playing well. Recently chosen to represent the Philippines in the Jones Cup, Ferrer got a whole lot of opportunity ahead of him as he continues his journey to basketball.
Now back with Ginebra, Ferrer looks to make an impact with his mother team but not without knowing the system. Kevin has missed out all of the pre-season practices of Ginebra thus, he is still out of sink right now but the curious Kevin is definitely excited.
Ferrer still need to work on the triangle, he always ask questions and intrigued about it – Tim Cone
Ferrer looks to embrace the triangle system and as a young player under Tim Cone and the most popular basketball team in the land, he has the potential to be the next man up. There are a number of veterans in the Ginebra roster that maybe due to retire and young guns like him could be the next in line to represent the Franchise.
With the depth of the Ginebra rotation, it is expected that the new guys to rarely get minutes especially the rookies but as for their game against the Mahindra Floodbuster, the league’s most winningest coach gave these new comers a chance to gain confidence during the late part of the pay off period with a huge lead of as much as 22 points by sharing with them the hardcourt on their way to a win.
Kevin Ferrer, who was instructed by the coaching staff to play a big role in the defensive end usually makes his shots beyond the arc based on his UAAP stint. On this game against Mahindra, he’s able to convert those outside attempts and finally gets his rhythm going. Ferrer scored 12 points with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a block who also went turnover-less after a twenty minute exposure mostly in the last part of the fourth quarter.
Former practice player and now a Barangay Ginebra rookie , Jericho De Guzman finally got his feet on a live game inside the PBA court. This 6 foot 11 center’s name was called by Tim Cone during the last minutes of the game and luckily got an opportunity to get his first ever pro points. While Jammer Jamito who was called to play during the fourth quarter also showed his hustle and shooting skills as he scored a couple of shots from mid range in the PBA.
Coming off a successful campaign in the Governors’ Cup, the latest champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel will be on another quest to try and get another title without their main big man Greg Slaughter who just recently undergone a surgery to repair the tear on his ACL injury that he got in a game during the Governors’ Cup.
Ginebra is on a hunt of a big man to deepen their frontline roster in the Filipino Cup.
Kevin Ferrer, from University of Sto. Tomas has popped out of the internet recently after being said to be picked by Ginebra in the Gilas Cadet pool. Standing 6 foot 4 this cager is a perfect fit to the Ginebra’s rotation helping out their big men in defending the paint.
The announcement of the Gilas Cadet distribution will be on Sunday just before the regular draft commence and this big man has been already welcomed by the Ginebra fans in the social media. Though a confirmation has yet to be made this addition to the current frontline roster of Ginebra will definitely open a big chance for them to match up teams with tall frontliners having Jervy Cruz, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance , Aljon Mariano, Chris Ellis , Dave Marcelo and Dennice Villamor in their line up ready to come to the floor and defend that paint.