Juami Tiongson has found a home with the NLEX Road Warriors.
After spending much of his first two PBA sea-sons 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 for-mer Ateneo guard with a breakout game after firing 21 points, issuing 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block, serving as a catalyst in NLEX’s 109-99 win over Global-Port.
The 26-year-old play-maker 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 with-out 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 for-ward 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 4 spots in the quartefinals that includes a twice-to-beat incentive.