Second year Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok guard Jio Jalalon has registered his first triple-double as a PBA player and most importantly helping his team win the game against the Blackwater Elite, 133-99.
Also known as the “Cyclone”, Jalalon other duty in the team is to be the energizer.
“Siguro sinishare ko lang yung bola, kasi alam ko na ako yung energy guy dito team namin,” Jalalon said. “Siguro ginagawa ko lang yung trabaho ko,” he added.
Just like the moniker of their team, Magnolia is indeed are hotshots as they’re now piling more victories and was successful on achieving a four-game winning streak.
Currently, they’re now at the second spot of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup standings sharing that position with the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters and the Blackwater Elite.
Magnolia got 77 points from its bench compared to only 33 from Blackwater. Ian Sangalang, Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon led the bench attack as they scored 15, 16 and 13 points respectively.
Paul Lee who just got a fresh contract with the Hotshots and a newly born baby had an inspired ball-game as he dropped 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Since the start of the game until the final buzzer Magnolia was in control. Each time Blackwater threatened to make a comeback the Hotshots always have an answer to keep their double-digit lead.
Elite’s import Henry Walker losses his cool midway in the third quarter as he complained for several unwhistled fouls. The refs called a technical foul against him that also led to eject him from the game.
Without Walker, who is the known leader of Blackwater, his team lost enthusiasm to play and their opponent took advantage and piled a bigger margin.
Surprisingly, although Blackwater got blown-out by Magnolia it is still their second loss this conference and still have a good chance to grab the twice-to-beat advantage going to the quarterfinals round.
Magnolia vs Blackwater Box Score
Quarters: 35-19 | 64-43 | 98-73 | 133-99
Hotshots (133) – Travis 22, Lee 19, Barroca 16, Sangalang 15, Jalalon 13, Dela Rosa 9, Simon 8, Melton 7, Mendoza 7, Abundo 5, Gamalinda 4, Pascual 4, Ramos 2, Brondial 2
Elite (99) – Walker 27, Erram 13, Maliksi 12, DuGregorio 9, Banal 7, Jose 6, Pinto 5, Belo 5, Al-Hussaini 4, Sumang 3, Zamar 3, Cruz 3, Sena 2