San Miguel Alab Pilipinas forward Caelan Tiongson, who had announced his retirement from professional basketball during the offseason, might be looking for a comeback to the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Considered one of the best lock-down defensive players in the league, the fan favorite Filipino-American forward was expected to rejoin Alab Pilipinas this season in their quest to win another ABL championship prior to the announcement.
The move came as a surprise and had many questioning why the 27-year-old Filipino-American player would retire at the peak of his career.
Tiongson averaged of 9.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per outing in his two years spent in the league. He made his professional debut with Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club during the 2017-18 season.
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored,” quoted Tiongson on his Instagram story post today, in which he also tagged standout rookie point guard Ethan Alvano, who is also notably missing from the team’s lineup as they opened their fourth season in the league.
“Still had (gas) in the tank,” Tiongson added, seemingly suggesting that his retirement might have been indeed premature.
Tiongson and Alab Pilipinas were considered contenders before suffering an early quarterfinals exit during the 2018-19 playoffs, as they were swept by Hong Kong Eastern in two games despite finishing the regular season as the second-seeded team.
A reunion could give San Miguel Alab Pilipinas an extra boost on both ends of the floor. The team is currently on a hot streak, winning their last three games following a blow out loss on the road against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club to open the season.
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