PBA: New feeling for Jalalon as he gets first pro triple-double
Paul Lintag on Oct 11, 2018 03:44 PM
Magnolia, then known as Star, ultimately landed the dynamic point guard and while his rookie season was largely a success, Jalalon exactly had zero triple-doubles in his first year.
Triple-doubles were quite common for Jio Jalalon back when he was still playing for Arellano University as the team's top Chief.
His incredible play made him a coveted pick when he chose to enter the PBA.
Magnolia, then known as Star, ultimately landed the dynamic point guard and while his rookie season was largely a success, Jalalon exactly had zero triple-doubles.
In fact, it took him late into his second season for him to get what used to be a normal stat line.
Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, as the streaking Hotshots humbled the Blackwater Elite to the tune of a 34-point win, Jalalon picked up his very first triple-double in the PBA.
Jio burned Blackwater for 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in about 24 minutes off the bench.
He didn't even know he had the chance for the triple-double, injured veteran Marc Pingris just reminded him that he was close so he just went after it.
"Si Kuya Ping ang nagsabing dalawang rebound nalang. Sabi niya, sige rumebound ka. Kaya ayon, kinuha ko narin, sayang eh," Jalalon said.
"Di ko lang din talaga alam eh. Basta naglaro na lang ako," he added.
After piling up triple-doubles in college and then taking him nearly two full seasons to record one in the PBA, Jalalon notes just have different the NCAA is from the pros where the big boys play.
But with him finally earning a triple-double in the PBA, it just validates that Jalalon is slowly improving his play, which bodes well for the Hotshots moving forward.
"Iba naman kasi noong college eh. Kasi, PBA iba na dito eh," Jalalon said.
"Ma-ano na talaga dito eh, parang ang taas na ng [level] ng mga player," he added.
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