Arellano U’s Jio Jalalon put himself in prime position to snatch the MVP award from reigning winner Allwell Oraeme of Mapua after zooming to the top following a pair of impressive performances.
After two games, Jalalon leads the league in scoring, assists and steals with averages of 28 points, seven assists and five steals on top of norms of six rebounds and just 2.5 turnovers a game.
Jalalon’s efficiency is also at all-time high, shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line, helping the Chiefs stay unbeaten and at the helm alongside Oraeme and the Cardinals and the San Beda Lions while boosting their title bid.
It was all Jalalon needed to nail the season’s very first ACCEL Quantum Plus-3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week award.
“He’s our MVP,” said Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera of Jalalon.
Oraeme, for his part, was not far behind with norms of 20.5 points (third best), 19.5 boards (first) and three blocks (second).
Emilio Aguinaldo’s Hamadou Laminou has also stepped up big and averaged 19.5 points (fifth), 15.5 caroms (second) and 3.5 blocks (first) to help his team stay in the upper half of the standings with a 1-1 (win-loss) record.