Juami Tiongson has found a home with the NLEX Road Warriors.
After spending much of his first 2 PBA seasons on the bench at Blackwater, followed by a stint in the PBA D-League last year, Tiongson is now making the most of his return to the pro league.
Sunday saw the former Ateneo guard with a breakout game after firing 21 points, issuing four assists, one steal and one block, serving as a catalyst in NLEX’s 109-99 win over GlobalPort.
The 26-year-old playmaker was at his best in the final canto when he buried four of his five three-point shots that gave the Road Warriors the separation needed against a Batang Pier side that played without Stanley Pringle.
Tiongson, the 12th overal pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft went on to earn his first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, besting the likes of Ginebra big men Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter, Alaska forward Calvin Abueva, Blackwater lotman JP Erram and guard Mike DiGregorio, TNT’s Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy as well as GlobalPort forward Sean Anthony and Terrence Romeo.
The NLEX young guard is averaging career-high numbers of 8.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists this conference.
NLEX won’t be back in action till Sept. 13 when it faces sister team TNT, before facing Star on Sept. 24 in the final playdate of the eliminations.
Winning both games will give the Road Warriors one of the top four spots in the quarterfinals that includes a twice-to-beat incentive.