Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok guard Jio Jalalon ignited his team to a fourth quarter and defeated the Bolts in Cagayan de Oro, 92-86.
The “This is my house” tagline used by FIBA for this year’s World Cup qualifiers maybe over but Jalalon might still be having it in his mind.
The 5-foot-9 Jalalon is a native of CDO registered 19 points along with his nine rebounds and five assists.
Though he is not a six-footer he shown that even small guards can dominate in the rebounding category.
Majority of his damage came in the fourth quarter where he scored 13 points which includes a couple of three-pointer that deflated the offense of Meralco.
The Bolts had the chance to make a comeback as the last two minutes was approaching. However, their four attempts from the three-point land didn’t find the bottom of the net.
Chris Newsome led Meralco with his 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while Baser Amer added 18 markers.
Magnolia vs Meralco Box Score
Quarter Scores: 21-22 | 46-44 | 70-73 | 92-86
Hotshots (92) – Jalalon 19, Lee 15, Sangalang 12, Barroca 11, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 7, Simon 6, Ramos 6, Brondial 5, Reavis 2, Herndon 2
Bolts (86) – Newsome 22, Amer 18, Hodge 13, De Ocampo 9, Canaleta 8, Pinto 6, Hugnatan 5, Tolomia 2, Salva 2, Caram 1