Rey Nambatac, Jio Jalalon come home to NCAA
Danine Cruz on Aug 31, 2018 04:37 PM
Chanting "N-C-A-A, N-C-A-A!" as they entered the Filoil Flying V Centre press room, no question NCAA alumni Jio Jalalon and Rey Nambatac missed their college league.
"N-C-A-A! N-C-A-A!" daw sabi nila pagpasok sa press room.— Danine Cruz (@cruzdanine) August 31, 2018
Homecoming for Jio Jalalon and @NambatacRey6 here at #NCAASeason94AllStar. Both stars played for the Shooting Stars event. pic.twitter.com/iFCfrwjN5G
The former Arellano Chief and Letran Knight graced the NCAA Season 94 All-Star festivities, Friday afternoon to participate in the Shooting Stars event featuring three generations of players from a school.
Although eliminated early in the side event, Jalalon and Nambatac made sure to relish their homecoming. They spent time with former coaches and teammates plus took some selfies with NCAA fans. And just like their old winning days in the collegiate league, they paid a visit in the press room.
"Parang Best Player lang ah," Jalalon quipped after their chants.
"Sobrang nakakamiss 'to, masaya kami kasi ininvite kami dito. Um-oo nga kami agad pagsabi ng 'Uy kasali ka sa All Star!' At least nakabalik kami dito sa San Juan Arena," said Jalalon, who currently plays for the Magnolia Hotshot.
"Nakaka-miss din talaga maglaro sa NCAA kaya ginrab din namin to. Magandang opportunity din 'to sa amin na makapag-give back kami sa school namin," said Rain or Shine Elastopainter Nambatac.
Although with rising professional careers, both confirmed that they are still watching closely the Season 94 campaigns of their respective squads. They gave their two cents on Arellano and Letran's run.
"[Yung Arellano] tingin ko mukhang pagta-trabahuhan pa, pang anim sila ngayon diba? Second round babawi siguro, tignan lang natin kung anong sitwasyon at magagawa nila," shared Jalalon on the Chiefs' 4-5 record.
"Letran, pangatlo diba? Sayang yung tatlong talo nila pero I'm sure naman na kayang kaya nila lahat ng teams basta macontain lang nila lahat ng ginagawa nila. Maganda yung record ng first round nila eh," said Nambatac.