Jiovani Jalalon, undeniably the best Point Guard in Philippine college basketball today, wins the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Basketball ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors!
The prized point guard from Cagayan de Oro City is the main driving force of the Arellano University Chiefs in their current 6-game winning streak, the hottest winning streak in the league at this moment after the unbeaten San Beda Red Lions has been crushed by the Jose Rizal University last week, ending its winning streak.
With the impressive performance of Jalalon in their two latest games, he averaged an eye-popping stat line of 25.0 points, 7.5 assists, four rebounds, and one steal.
This made the Chiefs (9-2) only one full game behind the league leaders San Beda Red Lions who are now at (10-1).
The Cheifs’ American center Dioncee Holts was also impressed by Jalalon’s strong performance, he said, “He makes life easier for us.”
One of Jalalon’s powerful games in this season is his 33-point game against the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags last Tuesday. He was injured during that game after banging his head on the ring support brace following a tough challenge from Golden Stag Jayson David on his layup attempt. Yet he managed to come back in the game to lead the Chiefs to an 89-84 win over the Stags.
“Matigas rin naman ang ulo niyan ni Jiovani kaya alam kong makakabalik rin siya agad,” said Chiefs coach Jerry Codiñera.
Jalalon who is not just eyeing for the MVP award this season, but also to get the Championship crown for the Chiefs, he said, “Masaya ako sa mga teammates ko kasi maganda ‘yung itinatakbo ng team namin. Naka-six straight wins kami pero hindi pa sapat yun. Marami pa kaming gagawin para mapunta kami sa goal namin.”
Jalalon indeed is truly living through the expectations tagged to him before the start of the season as the best point guard in Philippine college basketball today.