Jalalon committed to Arellano despite being part of Gilas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2016 06:49 PM
Jalalon committed to Arellano despite being part of Gilas
PRIOR COMMITMENT. Jiovani Jalalon assured the Arellano faithful that they are his first priority.

Jiovani Jalalon is a proud wearer of two blue jerseys – one for Arellano University and one for Gilas Pilipinas.

While he is committed to both, “The Bus Driver” assured his bus and his passengers that if scheduling conflicts arise, he has his priorities set straight. “Kung maraming games, stay lang ako sa Arellano,” he said.

He then continued, with conviction, “Marami pa akong kailangang gawin sa Arellano.”

Jalalon’s statement was a pleasant surprise for Chiefs mentor Jerry Codinera who, earlier in the same interview, said he had no idea about the plans of his prized ward. “I don’t know his plans. He might leave for Iran, pero ayokong isipin kasi very vital sa amin si Jiovani,” he said.

Codinera was referring to the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge Cup from September 9 to 18 set to take place in Iran. There, Gilas will compete with 10 other teams to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

Arellano’s court general, along with Far Eastern University’s Mac Belo and Ateneo de Manila University's Kiefer Raven, is one of the players who has been confirmed to be part of the new Philippine national basketball team.

The 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge will, without a doubt, coincide with the ongoing NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The good news for the Chiefs is that if Jalalon somehow changes his mind, “The Conductor” is still right there to take the wheel. As Codinera put it, “Nandyan pa naman si (Kent) Salado.”

He was quick to add, however, “Kaso iba pa rin pag kumpleto at nandyan si Jiovani.”

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