HE’s more than just the poster boy of Rain or Shine, after all.
Chris Tiu sustained his personal resurgence on Sunday night, playing a big role in the Elasto Painters’ 92-82 win over Meralco in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.
A non-factor early in the conference, Tiu emerged as one of four Painters in double-figure scoring with 10 points in just 12 minutes as the team moved on the cusp of advancing to the finals.
After failing to score in double digits in nine of his first 13 games in the midseason tournament, the combo guard has registered at least nine points in four of his last five games.
“Naisip ko na siguro it’s about time na hindi na pwedeng pa-coast-coast lang,” said Tiu, an admitted pass-first playmaker. “I guess it’s just a change of mindset. Para maiba naman.”
“I think it’s my natural personality na I enjoy passing the ball more, creating, and letting my teammates do their thing, but then, I felt na I can do more by just being more aggressive,” he added.
A reminder from coach Yeng Guiao after an elimination-round game against Ginebra, where he failed to score a single point and attempted just two shots in seven minutes, also helped.
“Sinabihan niya ako huwag mag-hesitate,” Tiu said. “Kailangan maging mas aggressive on both ends para mas malaki yung maging contribution ko sa team.”
As a result, Tiu tallied two double-digit scoring games after firing blanks in the 82-79 win over the Gin Kings.
Injuries to key guards, including star Jeff Chan, also gave him more playing time.
“Sayang rin naman lahat ng ginagawa kong skill work kung hindi magagamit sa game,” the 29-year-old cager said. “So far, it’s been paying off. Hopefully, tuloy-tuloy.”