PBA: Scottie vs. Jio means Manila Clasico remains as league’s premier game

Paul Lintag on Mar 18, 2019 04:27 PM
PBA: Scottie vs. Jio means Manila Clasico in good hands
The fabled Manila Clasico will be in good hands as these new stars take center stage everytime the PBA’s most famous rivals meet on court.

In case you didn’t already know, Brgy. Ginebra and Magnolia have found their respective stars for the future.

That also means that the fabled Manila Clasico will be in good hands as these new stars take center stage everytime the PBA’s most famous rivals meet on court.

Proof was Sunday in the Philippine Cup for 2019’s first Manila Clasico as Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon delivered a showdown for the modern ages, one that was reminiscent of their intense battles in the NCAA as college stars.

Scottie emerged victorious this time, scoring a career-high 27 points to guide the Gin Kings to an overtime win.

Jalalon nearly as impressive, firing 22 points. In regulation, he hit back-to-back triples in the final 38 seconds to force extra time.

“Nakakatuwa kasi parang NCAA lang dati,” Thompson said.

“Yung matchup namin [with Jio], nakaka-motivate. Ganun naman siya NCAA pa lang, inexpect ko na yun kasi motivated siya kasi Manila Clasico, ganun din sa akin,” Scottie added on what looks like his destined rival in Jalalon.

For his part, Jio seems to be the more casual of the two as he sees his games against Scottie as normal.

“Wala naman, laro lang din talaga. Pareho lang kami, nagta-trabaho lang din,” he said.

Still, the desire to win in strong. Just look at Jio’s two booming triples for Magnolia in the final minute.

Down two possessions and his team scrambling on both ends, Jalalon came through in the clutch.

“Mindset ko lang kailangan na tumira,” he said.

“Naisip ko libre ako, sige bahala na. Bahala na kung ma-shoot o hindi,” Jalalon added.

 

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