MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia playmaker Jiovani Jalalon's inspired efforts against Blackwater and Alaska did not go unnoticed, as he earned the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week in the 2018 Governors' Cup for the period of October 8-14.
Jalalon is finding ways to shine even amid Magnolia's guard-heavy roster. Last week, he averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals to beat a bevy of players – including teammates Paul Lee and Mark Barroca – for the weekly citation.
Displaying his speed and playmaking skills, Jalalon registered his first career triple-double in the PBA last Wednesday, tallying 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in a 133-99 rout of the Blackwater Elite.
He sustained his all-around effort after coming up with 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in a hard-earned 87-83 victory over Alaska on Sunday night.
Aside from his teammates, Jalalon also edged NorthPort's Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, San Miguel's Christian Standhanrdinger and Marcio Lassiter, and Rain or Shine big man Jewel Ponferada for the Player of the Week award.
The Hotshots have won five straight games to tighten their grip on the top spot with a 7-1 win-loss record.
They can bolster their bid for a Top 4 spot in the playoffs when they take on the Meralco Bolts on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
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