PBA: Chris Tiu records career-high once again in a Wednesday game at the Cuneta Astrodome

Philip Matel on Oct 25, 2018 03:24 PM
Tiu records career-high again in game at Cuneta Astrodome
Leading by 16 in the third, 71-55, ROS could not sustain their momentum as the Fuel Masters zoomed in the payoff period to wrest away the win.

A week after setting a career-high 23 points last Oct. 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Chris Tiu once again exceeded his threshold for point production on Wednesday.

The Rain or Shine point guard fired for 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting, including a hot shooting display in the second quarter, where he got 11 markers.

His team however did not pull away with the victory, as their playoff chances got slimmer after slumping to a 2-7 record.

Tiu was hit with a bittersweet moment, but more on the negative side, since the Elasto Painters were not able to carve out a much-needed win against Phoenix.

Instead, their post-season berth will not lie in their own hands and instead will rely on the MVP trio of NLEX, TNT and Meralco's performances down the stretch. 

"At least I know, I put out the effort and did what I could. Kinapos lang talaga. Wala, ganoon talaga ang basketball eh," the 33-year old said.

When asked if the rims of the Astrodome were to his liking, the former Blue Eagle dismissed it as the ball bouncing his way.

Playing at an age when many others' basketball careers begin to decline, Tiu stressed the importance of taking care of his body since he still has other committments off the court, which he needs to fulfill.

The guard also knows that some of the younger players need to step up eventually in the veteran-laden squad, and knows it is his duty to be a mentor.

"[The younger players have] shown a lot of promise and potential this conference despite the standing of our team. I guess, as one of the veterans of the team, I hope I can impart something to them para next time sila naman," Tiu said happily. 

Leading by 16 in the third, 71-55, ROS could not sustain their momentum as the Fuel Masters zoomed in the payoff period to wrest away the win.

Without the interior presence of prized big men Beau Belga (injury) and Raymond Almazan (team suspension), the team gave away too many rebounds against their liking, as their opponents emerged with 20 more boards.

And just like the previous games, their fluid offense seemed to have dried out too early which eventually led to another disappointing L.

"We controlled pretty much throughout the game and also some timely turnovers led to transition points that really hurt us. They made shot when it mattered and we couldn't score."


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