Jalalon: ‘Ginalingan ko kasi minsan lang makanood pamilya ko’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 06, 2016 07:13 PM
FAMILY DAY. (Photo courtesy of Ceej Tantengco Twitter)
Jiovani Jalalon scored a personal season-high 33 points to rescue Arellano University from daring Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday.
Of his total, 15 came in the final frame – including all but four of the Chiefs’ last 14,
When the Pirates kept coming, it was the graduating guard who had the guts to take and make shots over the outstretched arms of his defenders. Each time he did, he turned his fingers into a gun and shot a bullet straight towards someone in the crowd.
No, “The Bus Driver” wasn’t taunting his opponents. No, he wasn’t shooting down the Pirates’ fans either.
As it turns out, he was giving a celebratory hand gesture to his little brother. “May usapan kasi kami nung kapatid kong maliit. Siya yung binabaril ko nun,” he shared while chuckling.
Younger brother Jericho was inside the San Juan Arena and watched his kuya live together with parents Vicente and Jocelyn. It was the first time since two years ago that the entire Jalalon family was there in person while Jiovani was making them proud.
The Arellano court general was quick to admit that he turned in his best game of the season all for his family. “Happy ako kasi nandito yung magulang ko kaya yun, talagang ginalingan ko para sa kanila,” he said.
He then continued, “Para sa kanila yun kasi minsan lang sila makanood e.”
For their part, Jiovani’s parents said they enjoyed the show their son put on for them. “Masaya kami tsaka nagpapasalamat kami sa panginoon,” Jocelyn said.
According to Vicente, it was from his hands that Jiovani first got a pass. “Nine-years-old lang siya nun, pero sinasali ko na agad sa barangay,” he said.
From then until now that the high Chief has made a name for himself, his parents have been proud more for the humility he has sustained than the skills he has showcased. “Si Jiovani talaga, magaling maglaro. Pero sabi nga ng mga tao sa amin, sana hindi magbago,” Jocelyn shared.
She then continued, “Mabait kasi talaga yan. Bata pa lang siya, yan na talaga ang ugali niya.”
Vicente and Jocelyn will only be staying in Manila for one week and will be returning Cagayan de Oro on Saturday.
The good news for Arellano is that if and when they make the Final Four, the Jalalons will be back in full force to support their pride. As Jiovani himself assured, “Yes, babalik sila. Kelangan nilang manood para ma-inspire ako.”
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