Juami Tiongson had it worst against Ginebra last April 19.
The former Ateneo Blue Eagle was on the verge of scoring when LA Tenorio stole the ball from his hand with one swipe… and that led to a booming triple to the delight of the crowd. A couple of minutes before that play, Tiongson tried to detonate a long distance bomb when he met the outstretched hands of Japeth Aguilar.
And then to cap off the first half, he tried to create a play where he attempted a triple… that targeted the side of the backboard.
Look, I am not hating on Tiongson. I thought his return to the PBA is well-deserved but with their current win-loss record, I just don’t get why Asi Taulava can’t get playing time for the NLEX Road Warriors.
Yeah, this is a Free Asi blog!
Deal with it!
If a team is winless, the last thing they need is to keep a reigning Mythical Second Team player in their doghouse! The benching alone is a testament on how the NLEX Road Warriors badly want to win. Thing is… they don’t. No offense to Tiongson and in some ways… to some of their players but do you seriously believe that the team can win if they just give the ball to Wayne Chism to score in the low block… or to give it Carlo Lastimosa who would unload a shot as quickly as he touches the ball???
I know Yeng Guiao is a coach who hates egos but he needs to swallow his pride as well. Even Tim Cone had to alter his triangle offense during his first season with the Kings. The difference between his current NLEX team and his old Rain or Shine squad is that the Elasto Painters are confident.
I know Mark Caguioa is younger than The Rock and we all know that Scottie Thompson had already taken his minutes.
But have you seen him now?
His muscles are popping!
The guy is inspired!
The Spark can play for three minutes or three quarters and you won’t see him rant for as long as they win (or chase) titles.
A few nights back, Wayne Chism was pissed as hell because he got no help during the dying minutes of what could have been their first win against then-winless GlobalPort Batang Pier.
As I was writing this, Ginebra just shrugged early foul trouble to mount an insane third quarter run.
So the game ended with the Kings up by nine, 101 to 92… but the lead dwindled because both teams freed up their benchies.
At least Tiongson nailed a triple to cap off the night.
And the NLEX Road Warriors continue to mess up their win-loss record.