JIO Jalalon and Tony Mitchell switched roles on Wednesday, teaming up for a spectacular play in Star’s 97-83 blowout victory of Mahindra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
After Mitchell dished out to Jalalon for the game-winning jumper in the Hotshots’ 105-103 win over NLEX last Friday, the rookie playmaker gladly returned the favor in the game against the Floodbuster, rewarding the trailing Mitchell on the break for a windmill dunk in the third quarter.
“Nasa free throw pa lang ako, tinatawag na niya ako. Nakita ko siya kaya binigay ko,” Jalalon recounted after the game. “Nagulat rin ako sa ginawa niya. Grabe yung ginawa niya. Pang NBA talaga siya.”
“Sa practice napapakita niya, pero sa actual game, nakakagulat pa rin talaga,” he added of the slam that gave the Hotshots a 53-35 lead with over nine minutes left in the third.
Jalalon emerged as the Hotshots’ top-scoring local with 14 points, just five less than Mitchell's output, but also flashed his ball distribution with three assists, including the one to their import.
“Inisiip ko share the ball lang talaga,” Jalalon said. “Pag libre ako, tinitira ko. Pag libre naman mga teammates ko, mga kuya ko, binibigay ko.”
“Sana magtuluy-tuloy na ‘to,” the Gilas cadet added as the Hotshots rolled to a fourth straight win. “Parati na ‘yung mabibigat na games. Kung ano ipagagawa nila coach, gagawin namin.”
The Hotshots, after all, are bracing for its anticipated matchup against Ginebra on Sunday.
“Kailangan lang namin paghandaan for three days,” Jalalon said.