MAGNOLIA coach Chito Victolero is glad Jio Jalalon is getting his game back after being the subject of trade rumors a few days ago.
Jalalon flirted with a triple-double on Sunday after registering 19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in the Hotshots’ 118-103 win over Columbian, snapping a three-game losing streak.
No one was happier than Jalalon’s coach.
“With Jio, we need his energy. ‘Yun ang hinahanap namin sa kanya,” said Victolero. “Na-settle down na si Jio with all the issues and everything. I’m very happy for him also.”
Rumors circulated on social media that Jalalon is on the trading block, but Magnolia team governor Rene Pardo early last week shot it down as the Hotshots have no plans of shipping the former Arellano guard.
Pardo also said Jalalon recently signed a fresh three-year contract with Magnolia.
Jalalon, however, made it clear he was not affected by the trade rumors, saying his struggles in previous games was because he didn’t work hard enough in practice.
“Okay naman talaga ako,” said Jalalon. “Hindi ko naman naisip ‘yun. Si Boss Gov. lang, sinabihan ako na ibawi ko siya sa linabas niyang salita. Sabi ko, ‘Sige boss.’ Hindi naman ako nag-doubt. Alam ko naman ‘yun… Nawala hardwork ko, binalik lang. Kung ano ‘yung ginagawa ko dati, binalik ko lang. Parang nag-tanim uli ako. Sana magtuluy-tuloy ito.”
Victolero has urged Jalalon to regain his play, more so since the Hotshots are right in the middle in the team standings.
“Kinausap lang ako ni coach Chito, ginawa ko lang ‘yung sinabi niya at sa practice, pinakita ko din naman na gusto ko ibalik ‘yung kung ano man ‘yung pinapakita ko dati. Nagpapasalamat ako kay God na bumalik agad,” said Jalalon.
“Sinabihan lang niya ako na kailangan ko tulungan ‘yung mga kuyas. Binibigyan na ako ng oras ni coach Chito, binigay ko best ko,” he added.