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    Caelan Tiongson insists best yet to come for himself and unbeaten Alab as unit

    Jan 4, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    CAELAN Tiongson hopes to produce more for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas following his first four games with his new team in the Asean Basketball League.

    Tiongson said he is not yet satisfied with his play at Alab Pilipinas, but has vowed to be more aggressive in order to help his team sustain their winning run after going 4-0 to start off the season.

    “For the first four games, they are all wins. I can’t complain about that. I feel like I’ve been letting my team down a bit. I know that I can produce more than I have,” said Tiongson.

    So far, the 26-year-old Tiongson is averaging 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in his first season with Alab after playing for Chong Son Kung Fu last year. In his career though, he is averaging 10.7 points and 7.5 rebounds.

    The 6-foot-5 Tiongson though said he is starting to get adjusted to the team and its system under head coach Jimmy Alapag.

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    “But I’m slowly feeling it out. I’m getting more comfortable. I’m starting to understand where my shots are going to be at. I proved last year that I can play at a high level in this league. I feel like once I figure out and start helping my teammates more, we are going to get things rolling more,” said the Biola University product.

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    When asked what he plans to do to turn things around for him, Tiongson said: “I have to have an aggressive mindset. I think I’ve had an aggressive mindset to set my teammates up. I think I’ve been having more assists than I did in the past. But my rebounding has been terrible. I know that I have a lot of work on. I just need to be aggressive again, just an aggressive mindset, just go back to what I used to be.”

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      As a team, Tiongson said everyone has been doing their roles, a reason for Alab’s hot start to the 2018-2019 season.

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      “The key is just we are a group of guys that like playing with each other. Even though myself, I’m not scoring a lot of points, Ray’s (Parks) point production are down, Ethan (Alvano) can score more than he can, Brandon (Rosser) can score more than he can, Josh (Urbiztondo) can score more than he can, all the guys are buying to their role. That’s why we are winning games. We are not a selfish team."

      "But we are going to catch a rhythm. There is going to be guys that catch fire and there is going to be more production from certain guys and we are going to figure it out,” added Tiongson.

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