February 28, 2024

Grieving Juami Tiongson explodes in PBA On Tour win, shares shooting secret

Grieving Juami Tiongson explodes in PBA On Tour win, shares shooting secret

A crestfallen Juami Tiongson continued his stellar in the PBA On Tour on Friday, exploding for a game high 37 points to lead the Terrafirma Dyip past the NLEX Road Warriors, 110-96, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The veteran guard, who already has three 20-point outings in the preseason, had his best showing yet, going 7-for-13 from beyond and adding 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals in a game that he dedicated to his grandmother, who recently passed away.

Incidentally, the memory of his late lola—and his love for family, for that matter—is fueling Tiongson’s stellar play. It is also part of the reason he has become such a dead shot from practically anywhere on the floor.

“It’s all those early morning workouts. I always wake up at 4:30 [in the morning], shoot at 5:30. I would do that consistently,” said Tiongson when asked after the game how he has transformed himself into such a reliable shooter. “Even though there are times I don’t want to do it, I still do it. It’s my family that keeps me going, especially my lola who recently passed away. I just want to make sure I always honor her.”

So far so good on that end for the explosive playmaker, who is now averaging 24.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.8 steals for the Dyip, whose win-loss record in the PBA On Tour is now at 2-3. Tiongson is also hitting 3.4 triples per game on nearly 40% shooting from rainbow country.

Tiongson and the Dyip will look to make it back-to-back wins on Sunday when they take on the 3-1 Meralco Bolts, also at the Ynares Sports Arena.