ABL: Caelan Tiongson ready to get dirty for Alab Pilipinas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 18, 2019 04:01 PM
ABL: Caelan Tiongson ready to get dirty for Alab Pilipinas
Caelan Tiongson will have to serve a one-game suspension in Alab Pilipinas' next game after incurring a disqualifying foul against Formosa

Alab Pilipinas clearly missed three of its key cogs last Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.

Sans all of Renaldo Balkman, Lo Domingo, and Brandon Rosser, the Filipinos were at the receiving end of a beatdown from visiting Formosa.

And late in that game, the frustrations showed.

With two and a half minutes remaining, Philippine point guard Josh Urbiztondo got entangled with Dreamer Malcolm Miller during a rebounding sequence.

Not long after, Tiongson entered the fray and then the two teams were face-to-face.

Fortunately, game officials were able to separate them before things got out of hand.

Tiongson and Miller were ultimately slapped with disqualifying fouls while Urbiztondo incurred personal and technical fouls for his troubles.

Asked about what happened afterward, he answered, "It was just basketball. There's people talking trash to each other. There was a guy on their team talking trash to my teammate, but he crossed the line when he put a finger on his face."

He then continued, "I don't think there's any place for a grown man to disrespect another grown man by putting his finger on his face. I wasn't gonna just stand for that."

With the disqualifying foul, the Filipino-American forward will be forced to serve a one-game suspension in their next game a week from now.

Still, he only vows to be back with a vengeance once he takes the floor again. As he put it, "We're down a few guys right now so I gotta be here for my teammates whether I'm 100 percent or not."

He then continued, "Next time I'll play, I'll be 100 percent and I'm excited for that."

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