FOR Jio Jalalon, Magnolia’s Game One defeat in was a wake-up call for his team.
The Hotshots on Monday responded to their sorry loss in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series opener with a lopsided 106-77 win over Barangay Ginebra to tie the series at one game apiece.
One of the big reasons for the big win was Jalalon, who sparked the Hotshots on offense and defense by finishing with 17 points, five rebounds, six assists, and five steals.
It was a splendid bounce-back game for Jalalon, who only wound up with four points and shot 2 of 9 from the field.
“Nagising kaming lahat,” said Jalalon. “Lahat ng mistakes namin na nangyari, nag-adjust kami. Nakuha namin ‘yung game na ‘to. Back to 0-0 uli.”
Aside from Jalalon, five other players scored in double figures with Ian Sangalang leading the way with 21 points. Jalalon's fellow guards in Mark Barroca and Paul Lee, who also had their share of struggles in Game One, had 13 points each.
Jalalon said the team’s unselfishness was also a reason for the win on Monday. Jalalon’s game-high in assists was in stark contrast to Game One where they only had 14, as compared to GInebra’s 26.
“Hindi kami nag-share the ball. Nag-kanya kanya kami. Ngayon, parang ang ganda ng ikot ng bola. Six passes, eight passes bago kami nakakatira. Napag-aralan talaga namin,” Jalalon said.
Jalalon added Magnolia stuck to the brand of basketball that the team has been known for – defense.
“Nag-umpisa lahat sa defense. Binalik namin ‘yung defense kung papaano ‘yung Magnolia Hotshots basketball. Nakuha namin ‘yung rhythm namin,” said Jalalon.
Jalalon, however, warned the win in Game Two is not a reason to celebrate as he expects Ginebra to came back strong for the series decider on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“May Game Three uli. Hindi kami kailangan maging masaya kasi may one game pa,” said Jalalon.