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Caelan Tiongson signs with T1’s Taoyuan Leopards


After a two-year hiatus, Caelan Tiongson is back to doing what he loves.

The bruising Filipino-American forward has signed with the Taoyuan Leopards for the upcoming inaugural season of T1.

He is the second Filipino to sign with the upstart league following fellow Alab alum Jason Brickman, who plays with the Kaohsiung Aquas.

“Here we go again,” said the 29-year-old product of Biola University.

Tiongson first made a name for himself in the ASEAN Basketball League with Chong Son Kung Fu in the 2017-2018 season, where he served as one of the Chinese ball club’s Heritage Imports.

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There, he posted averages of 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in the 21 games he played.

He transferred to San Miguel Alab the following season, where he was the team’s defensive anchor. He had per-game norms of 6.9 markers, 4.4 boards, and 2.3 dimes in 23 games.

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Photo from ASEAN Basketball League

In 2019, he announced his retirement.

Tiongson will wear jersey no. 0 to signify his new beginning.

Currently, T1 has six clubs which allows the signing of two Asian, Chinese, or naturalized player(s).

Unlike in the B.League, T1 teams can only play their Asian player for just two quarters or a total of 20 minutes.

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