Player of the Week Jalalon steering Chiefs to league-best win run
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2016 02:36 PM
IN FRONT. Jiovani Jalalon is, as expected, at the forefront of Arellano's six-game winning streak - tops in the league.
Arellano University continues to live up to its lofty billing in the 92nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and prized playmaker Jiovani Jalalon, as expected, is at the forefront of the Chiefs’ rampage.
The 5-foot-10 Jalalon proved that anew last week when he led Arellano to a pair of convincing victories, stretching the league’s hottest winning streak to six while staying hot on the heels of pace-setting San Beda College.
As his fellow Chiefs, notably rejuvenated American center Dioncee Holts, provided the needed support on both ends, Jalalon remained the biggest driving force, averaging 25.0 points, 7.5 assists, four rebounds, and one steal in their last two wins which helped them improve to 9-2, just a full-game behind the Red Lions (10-1).
“He makes life easier for us,” said the 6-foot-6 Holts of Jalalon, the latest recipient of the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.
Undoubtedly the finest point guard in the collegiate ranks today, Jalalon showcased his vastly-improved offensive skills in Arellano’s 89-84 win over San Sebastian College-Recoletos last Tuesday, firing away a personal season-high of 33 points, 14 of them coming in an explosive third-quarter performance marred by a head injury scare.
“Matigas rin naman ang ulo niyan ni Jiovani kaya alam kong makakabalik rin siya agad,” said Chiefs coach Jerry Codiñera, visibly impressed with Jalalon’s fortitude after banging his head on the ring support brace following a tough challenge from Golden Stag Jayson David on his layup attempt.
Three days later, Jalalon picked up where he left off, pumping in a team-high 17 markers while igniting the Chiefs’ swashbuckling start en route to a trouble-free 78-69 win over the free-falling College of St. Benilde Blazers.
Putting the team above himself, Jalalon was more pleased to see his teammates deliver, hoping they can sustain it as they bid to make a return trip to the Final Four, the Chiefs’ immediate goal.
“Masaya ako sa mga teammates ko kasi maganda ‘yung itinatakbo ng team namin. Naka-six (straight) wins kami pero hindi pa sapat yun. Marami pa kaming gagawin para mapunta kami sa goal namin,” he said.
Jalalon edged Holts, San Sebastian’s Alvin Capobres, and San Beda rookie Ben Adamos for the weekly citation.