WHETHER it’s on or off the court, it seems Jiovani Jalalon is truly selfless.
There’s no question the Arellano star point guard is unselfish on the court, more so after dishing off two crucial assists that keyed the Chiefs’ pulsating 101-98 win over San Sebastian on Wednesday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
But Jalalon also proved he has the same nature off the court.
One of the most notable snubs in the All-Star game last Saturday, the fleet-footed playmaker didn’t mind that senior - but seldom-used - teammates Prince Caperal and Isaiah Ciriacruz were selected ahead of him and joined deserving backcourt partner Nard Pinto in the maiden midseason extravaganza.
“Okay lang din,” Jalalon said in a chat with Spin.ph. “Inisip ko `yung mga teammates ko, last year na din nila.”
“Meron pa naman sigurong next year,” said the sophomore guard, who is still eligible for two more years. “Hindi ko na rin ine-expect na makapasok kasi marami rin magagaling.”
But Jalalon no doubt is dishing off All-Star numbers as he ranked fourth in the MVP race at the end of the first round after averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and league-highs of six assists and three steals in just 24.8 minutes for the Chiefs.
“Sana hindi ako mawala dun (sa MVP race),” said the rising star from Cagayan de Oro, who flirted with a triple-double on Wednesday with 19 points, nine boards, and eight assists on top of two steals. “Every practice naman pinag-pupursigihan.”