NO BACKSEAT DRIVING: Kent Salado in no hurry to be Arellano’s go-to-guy

Santino Honasan on Jun 20, 2016 05:07 PM
Kent Salado in no hurry to be Arellano’s go-to-guy
IN TIME. Kent Salado won't be "The Conductor" for very long.

When this season wraps up, no matter how far Arellano goes, it will probably be the last time that Jiovani Jalalon suits up for the Chiefs. 

When that time comes, his running mate, Kent Salado will no longer be “The Conductor.” Instead, he becomes the guy for Arellano, and the Kagayanon two-guard knows that it won’t be an easy task.

“Oo pressure ‘yun, kasi para sa akin lang, mahirap yun eh, pero gagawin ko yung mga ginagawa niya” The Conductor told ABS-CBN Sports. “Pag mawala na siya, iniisip kasi ng mga tao, ako yung papalit sa kanya,”

And while that may be the case, Salado says that he’s up to the challenge. 

“Pag-hihirapan ko yun, kasi hindi din madali yung mag-dala ng isang team eh. Kailangan yung mga teammates mo, kinakausap mo ng maayos.”

At this point, Salado isn’t in any hurry to be the head Chief for the boys in silver and blue just yet. With at least one more season with “The Bus Driver”, the sophomore knows his place on the team and knows what he should be doing to help out. 

“Andyan pa siya ngayon eh, so susunod din muna ako sa kanya, pero gagawin ko din yung makakaya ko, tutulungan ko team namin, yung mga big man.”

Simply put, there will be no backseat driving on the Arellano bus. “Andyan pa si Jio eh, hindi pwede na unahan ko siya, kasi susunod ako sa kanya.“

When Salado and Jalalon are on the floor at the same time, it’s often done wonders for the Chiefs, and Salado credits it to their familiarity with each others’ games, mainly because of their history as teammates, even back at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori school in Cagayan de Oro. 

“Mas madali kaming nakaka-shoot pag kasama ko siya sa loob, kasi alam na alam niya yung laro ko at alam na alam ko din laro niya, kasi kababayan ko yun. Pag-umuuwi siya sa Cagayan, minsan sumasabay ako, tapos naglalaro kami.”

As good as Jiovani Jalalon is, “The Bus Driver” will always need some form of help on the floor. That’s when “The Conductor” comes in. 

“Pag nagkaka-sabay din kasi kami sa court, nag-uusap kasi kami eh, kunyari pag pagod na siya, kinakausap niya ako, ‘Ikaw naman, pagod na ako.”

Salado has had himself one heck of a pre-season, with a number of personal accolades, which includes a Mythical Team selection at the FilOil tournament. 

If Season 92 is bound to be Salado and Jalalon’s last ride together, then no doubt that the two will be driving towards an NCAA title. 

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