Keith Pido earns praise from Scottie Thompson for impressive play against Jalalon
Bright Akhuetie and Keith Pido were instrumental in Perpetual's big win over Arellano. Dante Peralta

EVERYTHING was going right for Perpetual Help guard Keith Pido on Thursday.

Even one bungled play in the fourth quarter went in favor of the Altas guard. Pido drove down the lane but decided to dish off a pass to his teammates. The ball, however, was deflected by Arellano defender and into the basket to score a miraculous shot, turning what could have been a turnover into a crucial basket for Pido that put Perpetual up, 62-53.

The Altas went on to win over the Chiefs, 76-62, and Pido had his hands all over the victory.

Pido put the clamps on Jio Jalalon in the match, limiting the Arellano star to just 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting from the field.

“Mahirap sa sitwasyon niya kasi siya ‘yung number one point guard namin tapos siya pa ang dumedepensa. Ganun talaga ang basketball, kailangan mag-trabaho,” said Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican.

Pido, who finished with 10 points and seven assists, said he was also surprised with how he played on defense.

“Hindi ko alam. Darating naman ‘yung opensa. Ginawa ko lang ‘yung sinabi ni coach. Na-challenge din ako talaga kasi siya (Jalalon) ‘yung number one point guard sa college. Ginawa ko lahat para ma-stop siya,” he said.

Even former Perpetual Help standout Scottie Thompson, who watched from ringside, was impressed with how Pido played.

“Last year, siguro wala pa siyang kumpiyansa pero magaling na siya nun. Nabigyan siya ng kumpiyansa ngayon,” said Thompson, who now plays for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA.

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