Juami Tiongson to banner Blu Detergent side in D-League in absence of Brickman, Wright
Juami Tiongson is back in the D-League to lead the Blu Detergent side. Snow Badua

FORMER PBA player Juami Tiongson will be standing at the forefront when Blustar Detergent plays in its first-ever game in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup against Tanduay at the JCSGO gym.

Tiongson, a former Ateneo guard picked by Blackwater in the 2014 PBA draft, will spearhead a Blustar side bannered by the core of the Westports Malaysia Dragons squad that won the 2015-2016 Asean Basketball League (ABL) crown.

But the Dragons will be without Fil-foreigners Matthew Wright and Jason Brickman, who decided to forego the D-League stint to take on offers to play in Europe.

Wright captured the Best Asean import award in the 2015-2016 ABL season, while Brickman captured the Finals MVP honor after the Dragons beat Singapore Slingers in the series.

Blustar is also controlled by Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy.

Malaysia national team coach Goh Cheng Huat will mentor the Dragons side as he takes over the team following the appointment of Ariel Vanguardia as head coach of Phoenix Petroleum in the PBA.

Game time is 4 p.m.

Tanduay looks to improve on its 1-1 slate after bowing to Phoenix, 98-79, last Thursday.

In the first game, Phoenix looks for its third straight win against AMA Online Education in their 2 p.m. match-up.

The Accelerators go for the provisional solo lead in the conference, as they are tied with CafeFrance for first place with 2-0 win-loss cards

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