At just 1.73m, Jio Jalalon is the smallest guy on the Philippines roster, but the game he has shown is much bigger than his size.
Jalalon has been no-thing less than ultra reliable for Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes. The native of Cagayan de Oro City in the southern part of the Philippines currently leads the entire SEABA Championship 2017 in assists, averaging 6.0 dimes per game and helping Gilas’s offense become the competition’s most fluid.
This is a role that Jala-lon not necessarily has been pressed into, but something he has embraced all on his own, recognizing the spec-trum of talent surrounding him on the national team.
“I just know my role here on the team,” he said. “All my teammates are very good at scoring, so I took it upon myself to be the creator.”
The result? The Fili-pinos have been pretty much untouchable so far, beating opponents by an average of 69.7 points per game. They were merci-less against Myanmar and ultra efficient against both Singapore and Malaysia. Potential challengers Thai-land and Indonesia are coming up to bat soon, but with Jalalon playing this well, the home team should still have a big edge.