JIO Jalalon posted triple-double numbers during his time at Arellano in the NCAA, but it took close to two seasons to get his first one in the PBA.
“Iba talaga sa college sa PBA,” said the sophomore guard after compiling 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in the 133-99 win over Blackwater that extended Blackwater's win streak in the PBA Governors Cup to four games.
“Mataas na level na dito, hindi ko magagawa ‘yun. Nagulat na nga lang ako eh. Thank God. Tiwala lang talaga.”
Jalalon said it was veteran teammate Marc Pingris who informed him that a maiden triple-double was within reach: “Si Kuya Ping ‘yung nagsabi na dalawang rebound na lang ako. Kinuha ko na rin kasi sayang."
Jalalon later thanked Mark Barroca, saying he got going after his fellow guard was able to pick up the energy of the team.
“Naglaro na lang ako kasi ‘yung energy ng team nandoon. Kapag kasabay ko si Kuya Mark, wala akong pakialam kasi ‘yung laro namin ni Kuya Mark sa practice, ganun eh,” said Jalalon.
Despite Magnolia's offensive explosion, Jalalon, 26, said defense remains the team's biggest asset.
“Doon kami nananalo kasi kapag hindi kami dumedepensa, wala talaga eh,” said Jalalon, who had two steals in the contest. “Lahat ng pinagtrabahuan namin sa practice, nagagawa na namin.”