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    Should Jio Jalalon turn pro, join Gilas cadets or stay at Arellano? 'Magulo pa isip ko'

    Oct 11, 2016
    Jio Jalalon left distraught after Arellano's loss to San Beda. Freddie Dionisio

    WILL Jio Jalalon play out his final year with Arellano, turn pro or join the Gilas Pilipinas cadets?

    Jalalon was in no mood to think about that on Tuesday, saying he needs time to think whether to turn pro or help the Chiefs redeem themselves next year after bowing to San Beda in the NCAA Season 92 finals.

    "Hindi pa ako nakakapag-desisyon. Hindi ko pa alam kung anong mangyayari sa buhay ko," said Jalalon, still frustrated after his team's 83-73 loss to San Beda in Game Two on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

    "Wala pa sa isip ko na mag-pro, pero hindi ko pa rin alam kung babalik ako. Basta magulo pa ang isip ko ngayon. Siguro kailangan ko pa ng oras para mas makapag-isip talaga." 

    [See Jalalon stares blankly toward an uncertain future after Chiefs again come up short]

    Jalalon said the pain is too much after the Chiefs were swept by the Red Lions in the finals - and in five games overall this season. 

    "Sa akin, sobrang nakakasama ng loob kasi natalo kami," said Jalalon, who finished with a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds, and 10 assists. "Pero ito kasi yung pinakamasarap na finals sa buong buhay ko. Wala namang kaming sisihan. Hindi lang talaga para sa Arelllano."

    He added, "Binigay naman lahat ng coaches pero sa aming mga players na lang ang pagkukulang."

    Arellano coach Jerry Codinera said San Beda was simply the 'better team' on this day.

    “I have to give it to San Beda. They are the better team,” said Codinera. “I was hoping na mag-iiba (complexion of the game). We were there but it was not enough. Kulang pa.”

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    Jio Jalalon left distraught after Arellano's loss to San Beda. Freddie Dionisio
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