Kent Salado's improved play gives Arellano coach Codinera a 'good problem' ahead of NCAA wars
Kent Salado has impressed with Sta. Lucia Realty in the PCBL.

ARELLANO coach Jerry Codinera has a 'good problem' in his hands as the Chiefs find themselves with another quality point guard with the improved play of Kent Salado.

Codinera was pleased with the improvement Salado is showing in his stint with Sta. Lucia in the PCBL, where the Arellano guard is third in scoring for the Realtors in the Chairman’s Cup with an average of 8.9 points.

Salado, who scored a team-best 22 points in one game during the PCBL conference, also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals for the Realtors in the eliminations.

However, Codinera said he's now faced with a dilemma on how to split the time between Salado and Arellano star point guard Jio Jalalon.

“Actually, ‘yun ang medyo hirap din, ako kasi Salado is a starting point guard sa PCBL, which is a highly-competitive league. Kung minsan, I have to split their time. I try to balance kasi kailangan din namin ng firepower para ma-sustain lang ‘yung ginagawa namin,” said Codinera.

Codinera, though, said it's a good problem to have as the Chiefs will have an even vaunted backcourt come the NCAA Season 92.

“At least, hindi na ako magwo-worry sa backcourt,” said Codinera.

Jalalon also likes how Salado has upped his play from last year, and is looking forward to their potential in the NCAA.

“As a team, gusto ko rin ‘yung ibang teammates ko ang maka-score para pagdating ng NCAA, buo kami at tulong-tulong,” said Jalalon.

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