JIO Jalalon admittedly got sidetracked with the negative criticism after Arellano's first loss in the NCAA Season 92 at the hands of Letran, which was a big reason for his struggles in Tuesday’s match against Mapua.
Jalalon went scoreless for the first three quarters of the game before finishing with a respectable eight points, seven rebounds, and nine assists in the Chiefs’ 96-75 win over the Cardinals. However, he shot a miserable 3-of-16 from the field, missing all of his seven shots in the first half.
Jalalon admitted he lost focus in Tuesday’s game as he was affected with the loss to the Knights.
“Siguro nawala lang ako sa focus kasi nung natalo kami sa Letran, andami kong naririnig sa school namin. Siguro dun ako nawalan ng focus na ‘Bakit ganun? Pangatlong laro pa lang namin,’” said Jalalon.
Fortunately, Kent Salado and Ariel Aguilar helped the Chiefs withstand Jalalon's struggles. After combining for just five points against Letran, Salado and Aguilar finished with 20 and 10 points, respectively, in their win over Mapua.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kasi maganda ‘yung pinakita nila. Nasundan ‘yung sistema nila. Sobrang saya ko kahit bad game ako,” said Jalalon.
“Nung Letran kalaban, wala rin sila sa focus. Ngayon, sobrang saya ko na pinakita nila ‘yung talent nila,” he added.