Posted by: sportsandbeans | October 8, 2006

Tiu, Tiu, and More of Tiu

Miloby Milo

We’ve received quite a number (actually, a lot) of requests here in Sports and Beans for another Chris Tiu article. Seeing as my What I Like about Tiu article is always ranked among our top five most-read articles here (#3 in fact as of 10-07 with over 300 views since September 7, just behind my Early Picks for MVP and Individual Awards for UAAP Season 69 articles), I’ve decided to fulfill your requests and to show my gratitude as well for reading my articles with another, yes, Chris Tiu article.

Chris TiuChris Tiu has certainly grown a lot.  After being in the UAAP for three playing years, he is now far, far away from that kid who missed an open lay-up which could’ve turned the tide for the Ateneo Blue Eagles back then since they were already building momentum for them to catch up.

In case you have not heard it yet, yes, the sweet-shooting Chris Tiu of the Ateneo Blue Eagles won the three point shooting contest earlier in the Bantay Bata 163 All-Stars 2006 at the Philsports Arena. Congratulations!  He is finally showing his true talent, the reason why he was placed in the team’s roster — he is a pure shooter, and probably the best one in the league right now.

This July 15, 1985 born basketball player started playing the game since age 8, so who knows how much practice he has done to perfect the art of shooting a mid or long range bomb?

During his first stint in the Blue Eagles, it was really clear that he had the green light to shoot the ball in case he was left open. I watched the Ateneo Blue Eagles back then while they were at practice, while taking a few photographs to help create the cyberfaces to what is known now as UAAP/NCAA Live 2004, a very popular collegiate modification of EA Sports NBA Live 2004 (No, don’t ask me for a copy. I do not have one anymore.), and Coach Sandy Arespacochaga had designed plays to kick out to an open Chris Tiu to take a three or a long two-pointer. His shooting ability was impeccable like all the scouting reports said when he was playing for Xavier University (Batch 2003 – with honors) in high school.

And he really looked good in practice, knocking twos and threes left and right. It is a shame though that it did not translate well in his first two seasons in the collegiate league. In his rookie year, he was barely used, so probably it downed his confidence a bit. Come sophomore year, he seemed to be hesitant every time he took his shot that he’d miss badly.

Probably, if you compare the old Chris Tiu to a current UAAP player, it would have to be a less-confident Migs de Asis of the UP Fighting Maroons. He loved shooting the three-ball during those years that his offensive moves became very predictable. If a Blue Eagle, back then, gives Tiu the ball, it will most likely be a three-pointer should he wish to attempt a shot. In 2004, he took 34 threes out of 61 field goal attempts — 56% of the time he would take the low-percentage shot from the rainbow country. So, even with an ample amount of playing time, he’d rarely get double digits in scoring (He only did it once in 2004 by scoring 10, none in 2002). He did get a lot of attempts in, so it wasn’t due to the other stars of the Blue Eagles hogging the ball back then.

After two lackluster seasons in the UAAP, he took off for a year to attend to his student exchange program. Don’t quote me on this, but it was said that he also played a bit of basketball while he was away to hone his shooting touch.  With this, he regained his lost confidence in his shot-making.

Come the 69th season of the UAAP, and we see the return of Chris Tiu. This once skinny rookie has turned into one of the most toned and athletic guys in the roster. Although shades of the old Chris Tiu greeted us in his first games in round one, he suddenly burst for 19 points with 7 boards and 5 assists in their blowout game against UST. Since then, his confidence grew in leaps and bounds, and he finally has turned into that same Xavier athlete with a killer shot, MVP, and mythical five credentials that the scouts have seen in high school. So much that he knocked down 5-out-of-9 three pointers of his 24 points in a losing cause against UST.

Everyone in the league now fears his deadly accuracy. Norman Black’s play in game one would not be possible if the UST Tigers did not fear his shot-making capabilities.  Those threes he released were vital to the wins of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, more so during those close games against UST and Adamson.

This “multi-sported” athlete (he also plays golf, badminton, swimming and table tennis) will probably don the proverbial “King Eagle” title next year and lead the Ateneo Blue Eagles in Season 70 of the UAAP with the departure of JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona.  Norman Black already mentioned that he would heavily count on Chris Tiu next year, so he will need to up his game more by learning the leadership game and playing the game smarter.

At this stage, I don’t think he can yet replace JC Intal as he doesn’t have the full capability yet to dominate the game, though Chris Tiu has shown sparks of this much-needed brilliance this season.  I believe his peace-loving, friendly attitude is slightly preventing him from dominating and being more aggressive.  Nothing against that, but he must find a way around that so he could turn into a friendly but deadly Larry Fonacier.  His heart and confidence are already there – he just needs to have that killer instinct and further refine his basketball smarts.

He could probably look at Jeffrei Chan of the FEU Tamaraws as his role model for next season as Chan almost single-handedly brought the Tamaraws to the final four despite the overall lack of stars in his team.  They almost play the same positions, and the same roles.  Tiu would probably get the same number of attempts as Chan did if he would be the one leading the Eagles next year, so he must match or even top Jeff Chan’s accuracy from the outside.

If Tiu could turn into the next Chan of the Eagles, things would not be as bleak for Ateneo next year.  And I believe he’ll get there sooner than later as seen in his style of play this season.  His evolution since his rookie days is still ongoing, and by next year, he might be the one leading the scoring category, and perhaps, the MVP in the UAAP.

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Responses

  1. It’s Xavier School, not Xavier University.

  2. HAI PARENG IDOL CHRIS TIU!!!LAM MOH IDOL K TLGA NMIN..MGA SOLID TIUNATICS KMING LAHAT D2 S MCS

  3. luv u idol!!

  4. galing talaga ni Chris Tiu. Sana this time Ateneo na ang magchampion and sana maging MVP and Mythical 5 sya. He deserves it.
    Goodluck!

  5. im so in love talaga with chris tiu grabeh!!he should be call mr breathtaker coz he always takes my breath away..anyways, i admiree him for being an excellent student kahit na varsity pa xa..he’s far from being utak bola like other varsity players i know..go chris tiu..continue winning..

  6. Hei hei hei,,,,grabe super dooper galing mo talaga papa chris tiu you know what aeverytime na makikita kitang maglaro grabe napapatili ako grabe pang master facial cleanser ka talaga,ang kinis ng face mo…hope ma reach mo lahat ng drems mo,,,,hope one day we will meet each other and its a great opportunity among al girls na nakasaksi na sa iyong kagwapuhan isa pa ako sa nabiyayaan,,,dont worry forever ateneo ako,im a loyal fan of your school,,,goodluck sa inyong lahat,go ateneo,one big fight!!!go Christopher John Alandy Dy Tiu!!!!!

  7. Hei hei hei,,,,grabe super dooper galing mo talaga papa chris tiu you know what everytime na makikita kitang maglaro grabe napapatili ako grabe pang master facial cleanser ka talaga,ang kinis ng face mo…hope ma reach mo lahat ng drems mo,,,,hope one day we will meet each other and its a great opportunity among all girls na nakasaksi na sa iyong kagwapuhan isa pa ako sa nabiyayaan,,,dont worry forever ateneo ako,im a loyal fan of your school,,,goodluck sa inyong lahat,go ateneo,one big fight!!!go Christopher John Alandy Dy Tiu!!!!!

  8. hi idol,

    GALING MO TALAGANG MAGSHOOT

  9. hi!!! u know what ang gwapo gwapo mo talaga!!!may gf. ka na?kung wala pa pwede ako na lang?hehe..actually i have na eh! pero pwede ba tayong maging friends?text mo na lang ako dito hehe..09104538780..text ka huh?hehe..sige dito na lang galingan mo sa paglalaro hah?papanuorin talaga kita..hehe sige bye-bye…muah!!!!

  10. hi.. wow!!
    gwapo mo poh ah.. hehehehe

    wala lng poh..

  11. i love you paPa chris!!!!!!!!

    you’re so adORable,…..hmMmmmp,…….

    -break a Leg-(–,)

  12. i love you paPa chris!!!!!!!!

    you’re so adORable,…..hmMmmmp,…….

    -break a Leg-(- -,)

  13. I really like Chris Tiu, he’s so great. He has the looks and the brain. Hope this time blue eagles will take the top spot. I’ll be looking forward to see you soon! Good luck in everything you do! You’re really the best! 🙂

  14. go!go!go!Chris Tiu!!!!!lam mo grbe tlga pghanga ko sau,,,kc ganda mo tlgan maglaro n bsktball,,,and hnd ka maramot sa coplyers mo,,,number one ka tlgA,…..GOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  15. hi wiz kid!!!!!!!!!!!!! ztah kn??????????wl kc aqoh msv eh un lng poh……..

  16. hi!!!!!!!!idol congrats kasi the ateneo win over to the feu tamaraws!i hope that the ateneo blue eagles qualify to the finals!and beat the no#1 team in the league UE red warriors!!!!!!hope that u success to ur carrer!!!!!!!!!!!!U are the no#1!regardzzzzzzz!from all na taga city high!of gensan!specially me!he!he!he!ur no#1 fan!!!!!promise!!!!

  17. hai’ pow!!!!congratz pow pala kasi nanalo kayo last saturday against FEU….talunin nyo lahat huh????kasi malungkot ako if hindi kayo makapasok sa finals…..good luck & God Bless!!!!kuya……

  18. hi kuya chris!!!! gwapo mo talaga…hindi namin pinapalampas ang mga games ng ateneo blue eagles…kahit hindi kami atenista,we are supporting the blue eagles…specially you kuya…hope makapasok kayo sa finals…at sana kuya mapili ka sa next drop pick sa pba….hope sa ginebra ka mapunta coz we are also supporting ginebra…die hard fan kasi kami ng gin kings…good luck sa games nyo..specially to you…pakisabi sa team8s mo na galingan nila xempre pati ikaw…God Bless You always…go ateneo blue eagles!!!!!!!!!fight! fight! fight! aja!!!!!!!go….

  19. halu…..
    wow as in grabeh ang galing mo talaga…..
    nanunuod ako lgi,, sa bawat laro…..
    haiz… lge talaga ktang binibida sa mga frndzz ko..

    your’e my TIUPERMAN…….

  20. Hello! Graveh crush q tlaga c Chris Tiu.Sana ma-meet q xia in person.S mga fans ni Chris Tiu out there i-add nio nman po aq sa fwendster nio.Jhay_zel23@yahoo.com..thnx!Mwaah

  21. chris tiu is an awesome player,,

  22. grabe,,
    ang cute-cute tlga ni chris,,
    mahal ko na sya,,

  23. mga ateneo panis lang kau sa de la salle, see as nalng in ur last games

  24. hehe,,,matatalo kau ng la salle

  25. super galing talaga ni rico maierhofer ng archers
    galing pa mag slum dunk,,cge idol mga cnb ang ibang team when it comes to slum dunk

    galing ni jv casio

  26. cge idol ilampaso nu ang ateneo dis coming sunday

  27. idol..

    galing moh.. grabeh..

    go ateneo… go go go…

    muchlub.. xoxo

  28. hi there

    imalasallian but ive been an ateneo fan since youve started playing

    cutie guy ka kasi atgaling pamaglaro

    gudluk and hop we can be frends

    heheheh

    hop ul win the championships this year

    god bless

    mwaaaaaaaahhhhh…………

  29. hi there

    imalasallian but ive been an ateneo fan since youve started playing

    cutie guy ka kasi atgaling pamaglaro

    gudluk and hop we can be frends

    heheheh

    hop ul win the championships this year

    god bless

    mwaaaaaaaahhhhh…………

  30. congratulations atenenians!!!!!!!!!!1

    See you’ll really rock this season…….
    Although there will still be another battle on sunday, but i think you can do better than what you did. Just stay fucos guys and dont be pressured when casio or villanueva scores, remmeber theres chris tiu and arao on your side…… nobody can do better than you guys..

    This thursday’s saga is a nerve breaking game especialy when la salle consistently advanced there score in the last quarter but hey,……….. your the man CHRIS, you’ve always been and will always be the lucky guy for your team. Not just because your the captain but you really let all atenenians stand on there seats and scream everytime you release that 3 pointer,……….. but ofcourse its not just CHRIS TIU who makes the team win, its still a team effort, theres FORD ARAO who score his way to the top, NONOY BACLAO who shows he’s being negrense…….. ( hehehehe… coz ima negrense too….)KIRK LONG for that booster shot.hehehe….. go kirk…. lets appreciate ofcourse ERIC SALAMAT’S consistency ( salamt kay eris salamat) hehehehe…. JAI, weve been waiting for that 3 pointer from you but we appreciate that effort (binantayan lang kayo nang husto ni chris for your outside shots) ok,ala namnag silsang binantbat sa yo…hehehehe and to all of the guys ofcourse……… congratulations…………

    The eagles has indeed overcomed the archers bow and soars high and will continue to fly for that uaap season 70 title….. It has been the blue crowd who outpowered the greens…
    There will still be the last la sallen – ateneo game this sunday and it will be more intinsifying and nerve breaking final face off. Just remember that whaterver happens stick to what you really have, show the best that youve got, show that atenenian spirit, and show them your the best this season… break that record guys.. goodluck and more power………

    Motto fot he team ( NEVER SAY DIE ) end the saga with your fierce guys…..

    GO GO CHRIS

    GO ATENEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. ano email add mo na latest? email mo naman ako alam mo na email ko diba?

    may question ako eh. bakit last year na ni chris tiu? diba may isa pa dapat shang playing year? kasi nag leave sha pumunta shang france?

    eh di dapat may isa pa shang year.

    also may rosters ka ba ng ateneo mula 2001? papost naman kung meron ka. curious ako sa mga players ng ateneo through the years eh.

  32. hei!!!!! idol kta tol!!!your the man lagi ktang pnapanood..lahat ng laban ng ateneo d nakakaligtas skin..galingam m… ^.^

  33. hi chris tiu..

    un lng..

    basta plagi mong galingan andito lng kami na mga fans mo and wag mo forget mag-pray ok…

    ingat kapo lagi..

    sna mabasa mo ito.. (ñ_ñ)

    go ateneo…

  34. hi..muzta kna po??sobrang idol po tlga kta..nakz..hehe,galingan mo pa po s uaap..go admu!!..d best..

  35. ey check out Chris at Yahoo! Answers…he’s the featured respondent….

    go to yahoo.com.ph

  36. i admire chris tiu….ur d best… hope 2 c u in person

  37. …Eow poE… hi Kuya chriS!!! fAvorite kO pOe kAu… mlUnkot pOe akOe kc tlO poE kau…bEtter lUck pOe nXt yr. klAla POe kaU Sa mGA ATENEO… praYer n lNG pOE tAU wG pOE PPTlo sa mgA myyBAng n LA SALLE… GO FIGHT… ang cUTe nyo POe hnd KO pOE alM NKta Ko Poe kc Kau S t.v hbaNG nnonood ung Kuya kOe nUng lban nYo pOe ng LA SALLE… Eh nkta kO pOe k au ngKgus2 Poe akOe saU pti nga Poe mamA kOe at ate mY cRUsh poe S inyo… akOe pOe anG no.1 fUn nYo luv yah…

  38. hmm.
    i really love CHRiS TiU!
    well, my mom wants me to study at la salle but since Chris is from Ateneo, i decided not to. :))
    all my cousins are there but i don’t care. haha!
    la lng. sharing. haha.
    love yah lots chris. :))

  39. hay..grabe…lav na lav k tlaga nmn ng bestfreinds koh,,sna mameet k nmn..hehe..yngatz poh..

  40. whhhaahhh… ang cUte mo..

  41. …….,aI gRave aMpOgi tLga ni cHris aLa aq0h mzvi MATALINO, GWAPO, MACHO, GALING MAGBASKETBALL aNo pAh hAnapIn m0h?.., nAsz kAnyA nAh atAh lAhat.., vEry iDeal nAh dReam gUy.., i luv u nAh tLga…, hmmmMmppp

  42. hi!im ur fan pro talo prin kau s tigers !go uste, go uste,go uste go go go go!tlo kau losers i luv u chris tiu mzta mo k ky charles!!!!!!!!!!!!no 1 uste

  43. hi!im ur fan pro talo prin kau s tigers !go uste, go uste,go uste go go go go!tlo kau losers i luv u chris tiu mzta mo k ky charles!!!!!!!!!!!!no 1 uste

  44. ang gwafo mmmmmmmmmmmmmmoooooooooooooooooo

  45. hai poh,,,
    ahmmmpp… go go mr.chris tiu!!!!
    i hope 2 see u soon,,

  46. heOw
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    ur
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    Qute
    moe
    dun
    sa
    pinOy
    record

  47. ei po im one of your fan..kamuka m ex bf ko..waaaaahh…hehe…i hope to see you soon..

  48. hey! congrats!! Astig ka promise!! idol kita to the max!!

  49. hey!! congrats!! ang galing mo talaga!! super!! idol kita to the max!! keep up the good work!

  50. hai poh………

    i’m your bigest fan ever since hahahaha

    peo tatlunin kau ng tigers s sunday

    hop you’ll do ur best to beat us

    peo d nio nkita kng gano ksipag ang mga tigers s practice

    bxta gud luck n lng poh…….

    go uste go uste go uste go go go go!!!!

    +_+ i’m a chris tiu fanatic+_+

  51. wow..galing nyo tlaga..hay big fans mo pla ako ..hay ang cute mo talaga noh hay sna makita kta in person subrang cute mo talaga. . . ..

  52. . . .heloW cRis…aLam Moh aNg sweRte Moh kaSi maRaming TAong Humahanga sayo…at isa na nga ako dun..

    alam mo nag away pa kmi ng frend ko dahil sayo…know why…?
    kasi lasalista sya…ako solid moNg fan…pinaglAban kiTa kAya gO…

    kaya mo yan…i know….

  53. I simply needed to stop and thank you for allowing me to create a look.


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