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Chris Tiu "signing off" from PBA

Chris Tiu is calling it a career. Rick Johnsen Dela Cruz (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--After months of speculations, Chris Tiu confirmed on social media that he is calling it a basketball career.

"#17 signing off," the 33-year-old Rain Or Shine guard capped his tweet on Tuesday that signified his intent to retire from the game.
Tiu, the seventh pick of the 2012 PBA Draft, played with the Welcoat franchise for all of his six seasons in the league, winning one championship.

"It’s now time to move on," continued Tiu, who is also a television host and an entrepreneur.

Talks became ripe about Tiu's impending retirement as early as June last year, when his former coach at Ateneo, current Meralco mentor Norman Black, said that he heard a conversation regarding it.

Tiu then confirmed that he thought about retirement as early as last season's Commissioner's Cup but eventually opted to play in the Governors' Cup.

In what would be the final game of his career, Tiu dropped 30 points, his first and, eventually, only 30-point game ever, to cap a career-high season, making fans wonder if he is really retiring or staying.

But his tweet finally answered all the queries.

"My heartfelt gratitude to every person who has been part of my basketball journey!! Most especially to our Lord who makes all things possible," Tiu further said.

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