Jalalon now 0-3 against Nambatac, Letran since last season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 14, 2016 07:16 PM
Jalalon now 0-3 against Nambatac, Letran since last season
GOT YOUR NUMBER. Rey Nambatac, Mcjour Luib, and the rest of Letran remain a riddle for Jiovani Jalalon.

It has now been six months since Aldin Ayo unexpectedly exited from Colegio San Juan de Letran, but he still is, and will always be, a supporter of his alma mater.

That much was evident when he expressed a month ago, “Jiovani Jalalon wants to win a championship, but unfortunately, hindi pa rin niya makukuha kasi Letran pa rin.”

He also added, just for good measure, “Mahihirapan pa rin siya kina Rey (Nambatac) at Mcjour (Luib).”

Ayo just may be able to see the future as on Thursday, Nambatac, Luib, and the rest of the Knights put the brakes on “The Bus Driver” for their most convincing victory of the season.

Jalalon, unanimously regarded as the best guard in college today, was still able to fire 17 points, but missed 14 of his 20 shots. He has now been on the losing end in their last three meetings with the defending champions.

Apparently, the Knights knew all about the support statement from their former mentor and went out of their way to prove him right. As Nambatac put it, “Alam kong sinabi na rin ni coach (Aldin) yun so ginawa naming motivation yun.”

Concretely, the main man in Intramuros shared that their gameplan revolved around slowing down, if not stopping, Jalalon. Asked about how they have always been able to get the better of Jalalon, he responded, “Para sa aking lang, grabe yung paghahanda namin sa kanya. Best point guard e.”

Court general Mcjour Luib echoed his teammate’s sentiments in saying, “Credit talaga sa coaches namin. Grabe kasi talaga yung adjustment namin kay Jio.”

Still, Luib acknowledged that stopping “The Bus Driver” is close to impossible. “Hindi mo naman mazi-zero yun. Number one point guard yun e,” he said.

Indeed, the high Chief still wound up with a double-double in also tallying 11 assists. Nambatac even shared, “Napagod ako. Humingi nga ako ng substitution kay coach kanina kasi talagang sinabayan ko si Jio sa bilis pero hindi ko kinaya.”

He then continued, “Buti kahit papaano, naka-survive ulit.”

In the end, however, the Knights’ team effort proved to be more than enough to not only get past “The Bus Driver” for the third time in a row, but also to hand Arellano their first loss of the tournament. Nothing but satisfied with the effort of his boys, coach Jeff Napa said, “Kanila na yung best backcourt. Kami naman, simple lang, basta naglalaro lang sila at their best.”

He also added, “Yun ang maganda kay Rey at Mcjour, wala silang pakialam kahit anong itawag sa kanila. Ipo-prove lang nila kung sino talaga sila.”


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