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    Fil-Am Caelan Tiongson announces retirement from basketball

    Oct 14, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    CAELAN Tiongson will not return to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas this 2019-2020 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season after deciding to retire from professional basketball.

    The 27-year-old forward announced his decision on his Instagram account on Monday.

    "My basketball career has come to an end and I just wanted to post about how thankful I am for all the memories and support. I never thought that when I picked up a basketball going into high school that it would take me to so many places that I’ll never forget," he said.

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    “At 6’5 from Pomona, California....#5...” Tough to say that I’m probably not gonna be hearing that introduction ever again! My basketball career has come to an end and I just wanted to post about how thankful I am for all the memories and support. I never thought that when I picked up a basketball going into high school that it would take me to so many places that I’ll never forget. Very blessed to have gone on this journey with my two biggest fans in my mom and grandma. They will never know how much their commitment to my basketball journey meant to me. For those who followed along and cheered me on, I’ll always be appreciative for making the memories even more special! As this door closes, I am truly excited for what God has in store for me moving forward. So thanks again, and enjoy the last pic ????

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    The Fil-Am forward spent two seasons in the regional league, first as a Heritage Import for Chong Son Kung Fu in the 2017-2018 season where he averaged 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.

    Tiongson eventually represented his homeland through San Miguel Alab Pilipinas last season, where he established himself as a defensive lynchpin while netting 6.9 points, 4.6 boards, and 2.3 dimes.

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    His stint with Alab, however, was hounded by a right ankle injury as the Philippine crew bowed out in the quarterfinals.

    Still, Tiongson has attracted a lot of interest from PBA teams which should be surprised by his sudden retirement.

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      Although his retirement took a lot of fans by surprise, the 6-foot-5 banger out of Biola University said he is grateful for the opportunities.

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      "Very blessed to have gone on this journey with my two biggest fans in my mom and grandma. They will never know how much their commitment to my basketball journey meant to me," he said before giving a toast to his fans.

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      "For those who followed along and cheered me on, I’ll always be appreciative for making the memories even more special! As this door closes, I am truly excited for what God has in store for me moving forward."

      Tiongson is the third Alab player to retire this offseason after Josh Urbiztondo and Rico Maierhofer.

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