National Univeristy coach Eric Altamirano couldn’t help but rain praises on the Cagayan de Oro native, saying, “he’s really ripe for the pros.”
Even San Beda Coach Jamike Jarin and other coaches from different schools have high regard for the pride of Cagayan de Oro City.
Jio Jalalon steered Arellano University to its second straight win with a near triple-double performance as the Chiefs routed the San Sebastian Stags, 99-81, yesterday in the 92nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Jalalon, a member of the Gilas Cadet team that won in the SEABA Championships last May, turned in a monster game of season-high 31 points, 11 assists and eight steals to keep the Chiefs in control.
The Cagayan de Oro native, who also hauled three boards, scattered 17 points in the second half as Arellano protected its lead all throughout to bolster its title bid early in the season.