Jamie Malonzo feels proper at dwelling in entrance of appreciative Gilas crowd


Gilas Pilipinas’ Jamie Malonzo within the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers recreation in opposition to Lebanon. –FIBA BASKETBALL

BOCAUE, Bulacan — Jamie Malonzo felt at dwelling at Philippine Enviornment as he placed on a present in entrance of the 19,829 followers in Gilas Pilipinas’ 107-96 win over Lebanon within the Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers on Friday.

Final January 15, Malonzo helped Barangay Ginebra win the PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown by beating the Bay Space Dragons in Sport 7, 114-99, earlier than a record-breaking crowd of 54, 589 in Bocaue.

In his first Gilas recreation on the identical venue, the 26-year-old winger picked up the place he left off, delivering 15 factors, 5 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks off the bench

“It was completely different I had a blue jersey in entrance of a pink jersey this time. So far as the followers, the sensation of an enormous enviornment and simply everyone there. I type of felt at dwelling for positive taking part in in entrance of that crowd once more,” Malonzo stated.

“It’s undoubtedly thrilling that I performed right here in Sport 7 and performed right here tonight. It’s undoubtedly a well-recognized feeling. It felt like dwelling.”

Malonzo, who performed his third straight window for the nationwide staff, stated his purpose was to have enjoyable.

“I feel my purpose is simply to have enjoyable. I actually didn’t know the way it turned out so I simply needed to go on the market the toughest I may for the nation,” he stated. “That’s what I did. It was enjoyable, for positive, taking part in for the followers.”

The Filipino-American participant additionally handled the followers with a two-handed spotlight dunk off Scottie Thompson’s help to provide Gilas a 60-48 lead with seven minutes to play within the third.

“I’m pleased that Scottie is gonna make the best play at all times. That’s the form of level guard he’s,” Malonzo stated. “It fell on me and naturally, I wish to give the followers what they wish to see, highlights and thrilling basketball.”

Gilas tries to finish the qualifiers eyeing its fifth straight win in opposition to Jordan on Monday earlier than internet hosting the World Cup in August.


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