MANILA, Philippines: Magnolia, who is stuck in the backcourt due to injury, has turned Geo Jalalon into a point guard at the start of the new PBA season.
So far, Jalalan has risen to the occasion.
Dedicated to playing a much bigger role with the injuries of Paul Lee and Mark Baroque, Jalalon has felt his presence in different ways for the Hotshots.
Through three games, Jalalan averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3.6 steals.
“Very important,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victola said Wednesday when asked about Jalal’s role in the team because it deals with health issues. “I talked to Geo about it. We need him, especially on both sides of the floor. We need his leadership. As I told him, you can score at any time, any single possession because 80 percent of the ball will come from him. “
“My challenge for him is how he engages his teammates and that’s what Geo is doing now. You can see Jio is on both sides of the floor for us, “added Victoloro.
The 29-year-old Jalalan’s all-rounder was on Wednesday with eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals, helping the Hotshots to their first win since starting the conference with two defeats in the 2022 Philippine Cup.
And the way Victoloro wanted it to be, it was Jalalan’s pass that led to a game-winning triple by Rome della Rosa as Magnolia faced Northport in its first defeat, 80-77.
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