Codinera says MVP is ‘attainable’ for ‘game-changer’ Jalalon

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 14, 2015 05:26 PM
Codinera says MVP is ‘attainable’ for ‘game-changer’ Jalalon
MVP STATEMENT? In the past two games, Jiovani Jalalon has averaged a triple-double.

Jiovani Jalalon was in total control during Arellano University’s 92-80 win on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

The Cagayan de Oro native collected his first-ever triple-double with 12 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds. Jalalon wasn’t the Chiefs’ top scorer, that was Zach Nicholls with 18, but he was definitely the reason they coasted towards a second consecutive victory.

Asked about his milestone, Jalalon told ABS-CBN Sports, “Sobrang saya kasi ‘di ko naman akalain na mangyayari sa akin ‘to.”

The Chiefs’ court general shared that he wasn’t necessarily thinking about a triple-double and was only concerned with one statistic. “Tinatanong ko lagi sina coach kasi may target ako na gusto ko 15 yung assists ko,” he said.

Why 15? “Wala. Gusto ko lang. Gusto ko lang makita kung kaya kong gawin,” Jalalon answered.

For his part, Arellano coach Jerry Codinera was nothing but thankful that he had the talented 22-year-old running the show as he said, “It makes your job easier when you have a point guard like him.”

He also added, “Maganda (para sa amin) when he continues to play like that and become a game-changer.”

Jalalon’s milestone triple-double was a follow-up to a 20-point, six-assist, and 12-rebound outing the last time around. Ergo, excluding a lackluster opening game, the Arellano pointman normed 16 markers, 10.5 dishes, and 11 boards in back-to-back wins – eye-popping stats that only MVPs put out.

Codinera has full belief that his prized ward could snare away the top individual plum from another all-around playmaker in Perpetual’s Scottie Thompson. “The MVP is attainable, doable,” he said.

However, both coach and player said that their focus remains, and will always remain, on their squad reinforcing its status as a contender. “’Di ko muna iisipin yan. Magtratrabaho lang muna ako lalo,” Jalalon told ABS-CBN Sports.

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