San Mateo, Rizal
July 27, 2014
Before Perpetual Help’s Earl Scottie Thompson blew sportswriters away with his triple-double performances weeks back, us knew little or nothing of this guy from Arellano U named Jiovani Jalalon. Heck, the only one writer who knows this person is Anthony Servinio, who writes for his own blog titled Servinio Sports. Anthony says he’s from Informatics belonging to a league called NAASCU. Then he trasferred. And then Jalalon happened. He has earned a reputation as a “super-sub” not just from his coach Jerry Codinera but us scribes as well with his mind-blowing, do-it-all performance. Recently, the NCAA Press Corps bestowed on Jalalon this nice weekly honor—the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI Player of the Week award.
And here’s a story I borrowed from Philstar.com and The Philippine STAR. So read on:
Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera isn’t calling neophyte Jiovani Jalalon a “super-sub” for nothing.
The do-it-all Jalalon has been named the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week after coming through with another stellar performance off the bench in helping the Chiefs keep their grip of the No. 2 spot in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament.
Jalalon, a neophyte out of Informatics, flirted with a triple-double effort of 16 points, seven assists and six boards in lifting Arellano to an emphatic 97-85 win over Perpetual Help over the weekend.
It was enough to nail Jalalon the weekly plum sponsored by ACCEL Quantum and 3XVI and backed by Mighty Mom anti-bacteria dishwashing liquid, Dr. J rubbing alcohol and Bactegel hand sanitizer.
His heroics helped Arellano U clinch its third straight win and fifth overall in six games and inch closer to four-peat titlist San Beda, the league’s only unbeaten team with a pristine 5-0 (win-loss) slate.
Add his recent performance to what he did in their first five games and Jalalon’s averages has soared to 12.67 points, 5.83 rebounds and league-highs 6.67 assists and 3.5 steals.
“He’s definitely a super-sub,” said Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera of Jalalon.
For Jalalon, he was just motivated by the thought of helping his team make the Final Four for the first time since joining the oldest collegiate league five years back.
“Making the Final Four is what we are all thinking about,” said Jalalon in Filipino.
Jalalon beat teammates John Pinto and Keith Agovado, who happened to be starters, for the weekly plum.
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(Photos courtesy of Jan Dizon of ncaa.org.ph)