MAGNOLIA playmaker Jio Jalalon’s inspired effort against Blackwater and Alaska earned him the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honor in the 2018 Governors’ Cup for the period covering Oct. 8-14.
Despite playing in a guard-heavy backcourt, Jalalon has found ways to shine as he averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 1.5 steals over the past week to beat teammates Paul Lee and Mark Barroca, NorthPort’s Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, San Miguel’s Christian Standhanrdinger and Marcio Lassiter, and with Rain or Shine big man Jewel Ponferada for the weekly citation.
Using his quickness and playmaking skills, Jalalon churned out his first-ever PBA triple-double by finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in leading Magnolia to a 133-99 rout of the Blackwater Elite last Wednesday.
The former Arellano University standout sustained his fine form by scoring 18 points, grabbing nine rebounds, issuing five assists and adding a steal in helping Magnolia outlast Alaska, 83-73 on Sunday night.
Magnolia has won its last five assignments to firm up its hold of top spot with its 7-1 record.