PBA: Someone has to take big shots, so Chris Tiu did
Philip Matel on Jun 08, 2018 08:44 PM
Chris Tiu thanks coach Caloy Garcia for entrusting him playing time, and has repaid him with the much-needed production
Chris Tiu, the veteran that he is, is making most out of the minutes he has been given in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Playing 28.33 minutes per game in eight outings, the 32-year old has submitted averages of 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists each outing.
In the Elasto Painters' 104-94 win against Blackwater, Tiu recorded 17 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, which included three straight from downtown that sparked a 25-6 run en route to their seventh win.
"Well, someone's got to take them. For the most part when it's the endgame, I'm usually playing alongside Gabe [Norwood] and Mav [Ahanmisi], who are great defenders and facilitators and ballhandlers," the former Ateneo Blue Eagle said after the game.
When asked about the changes between the Commissioner's Cup and the previous Philippine Cup, the floor general pointed to 6'10", 290-pound import Reggie Johnson as the difference-maker.
"...[I]t also gives us a lot of confidence that we have a big guy down there that could go for the offensive rebounds and to even block shots at the other end so well that's one."
Pointing out to another difference, his allotted minutes, Tiu thanks coach Caloy Garcia for entrusting him playing time, and has repaid him with the much-needed production that has helped the team to the top of the conference standings.
Tiu also knew that the time where he had to take big shots will come, and credits his mental fortitude in helping them go in.
"Minsan, kailangan lang ng tapang eh. You know you practice it during training, you simulate it, those shots. Mentally. So, you just have to take risks sometimes and today it went in."
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