Jalalon drives towards NCAA Player of the Week nod
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 06, 2015 04:24 PM
HEADED SOMEWHERE. Jiovani Jalalon is hell-bent on taking Arellano back to the Final Four.
JIOVANI Jalalon took the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors after steering Arellano University to two straight wins in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The Chiefs are now at 8-4, boosting their bid for a second consecutive Final Four appeaeance.
Jalalon tallied his second triple-double of the season with 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as Arellano outlasted University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in overtime, 84-77, and joined its victims in third place on Friday. The Legarda-based cagers moved one and a half games ahead of its closest pursuers Jose Rizal University and Mapua in the semifinals race.
It was the second time that the Chiefs gone through an overtime session, but this time around they ended up triumphant to soothe the pain of a painful 112-114 double overtime loss to the Bombers last week.
"Jiovani takes over when needed," said Arellano coach Jerry Codinera.
Jalalon scored six of the Chiefs eight straight points to open a slim one-point lead for a 79-70 advantage, with 1:25 left.
Earlier in the week, Jalalon had 20 points, nine assists and six boards in Arellano's 86-82 win over College of Saint Benilde.
A native of Cagayan de Oro, Jalalon averaged 26 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in those twin victories.
Jalalon beat San Beda's Art Dela Cruz and Letran's Mark Cruz for the weekly plum sponsored by ACCEL Quantum and 3XVI.