Close to quitting, Tiongson finds resurgence with NLEX

first_imgView comments The Titans had their moments, but it was still a frustrating run for Tiongson that he considered giving up.“I was thinking to quit basketball and do something else. I don’t want to be stuck in the D-League until I’m 29, so I might as well leave,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But fate didn’t bounce that way and Tiongson suddenly found himself being called up by NLEX late in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. Tiongson’s stellar play in the developmental league convinced Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao to pick him up from the free agent pool.“I noticed him playing well in the D-League. We needed backup point guards that time, and I saw him when he was with Blackwater, so I have a pretty good idea on what he could do. We tried him and it turned out well,” Guiao said. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 8 Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies PBA IMAGESJuami Tiongson almost called it a career at the tender age of 26.With his career spiraling down, the former Ateneo playmaker found himself backstopping bluechipper Jeron Teng at AMA Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT And on Sunday, Tiongson had his best showing yet, racking up a career-high 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three, as his hot shooting helped NLEX beat GlobalPort, 109-99.“Who would’ve thought, right? I really thought of quitting after all that’s happened. But I got the opportunity and the chance, so I took advantage of it. I’m really thankful to coach Yeng, boss Ronald (Dulatre), and the management for giving me this chance,” Tiongson said.Just like how he approached his collegiate career with the Blue Eagles, Tiongson looked at every practice, every game as a motivation as he plays behind guys like Kevin Alas, Carlo Lastimosa, and Alex Mallari.“It’s really a big thing when you play against them everyday in practice. You’re playing with the best guards here in the PBA, so when I do well in practice, my confidence level also gets higher,” he said.“I’m so thankful to coach Yeng for this opportunity. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be in the PBA. Whether I do bad or well, he always brings me back and it really boosts my confidence,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more