PBA: Jalalon making up for lost time in the Finals

Paul Lintag on Dec 07, 2018 10:47 PM
PBA: Jalalon making up for lost time in the Finals
Jalalon is one of the key bright spots so far for Magnolia as the Hotshots lead the Alaska Aces, 2-0, in the best-of-7 series to end the current PBA season.

After a forgettable performance in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Jio Jalalon is making up for lost time in the 2018 Governors' Cup championship series.

Jalalon is one of the key bright spots so far for Magnolia as the Hotshots lead the Alaska Aces, 2-0, in the best-of-7 series to end the current PBA season.

Following a near triple-double in Game 1, Jio scored seven points on top of seven rebounds and seven assists.

Seven points might not mean much but Jalalon scored five straight for the Hotshots in the fourth quarter, turning a 70-71 deficit into a 75-71 lead.

Magnolia won by six, 77-71.

"Kasi nga, hindi ako nakatulong nung first Finals ko. Gusto kong makabawi," Jalalon said.

"Bahala na e, gamble at gamble na lang yung ginagawa namin. Pero kanina, nandun yung team na gusto talagang manalo. hindi kami nakakalamang. One-point ng one-point lang. Kaya yun tiniis namin lahat at sinabi namin sa sarili namin, 'kaya namin ito'. Kaya ayun, nandun yung desire namin," he added.

It was all Alaska in Game 2 before Magnolia grinded it out.

The Hotshots held the Aces scoreless for the game's final five minutes and Magnolia was only actually on top for less than five minutes all game.

"Sobrang hindi ganun kadali yung mga ganitong klaseng laro," Jalalon said.

"Parang alam mo yung pagod kasi one stop lang puwede ka na matalo. Nasa isip namin, basta manalo parang mawawala yung pagod namin. Hindi ganun kadali yung series na ito. Kailangan trabaho talaga. Hindi pa tapos yung series kahit naka-2-0 kami. Hindi kami puwede mag-celebrate kaya pagdating bukas trabaho ulit," he added.

 


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