Cagayan de Oro’s Jiovani Jalalon makes his most awaited debut in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) when his Star Hotshots battles the San Miguel Beer on November 20, 2016 in the opener of the 2016-17 PBA season.
The 5’9 Jalalon recently inked a 3-year P7 million deal with the Hotshots (LINK) and found his place in the team’s loaded backcourt after RR Garcia was traded coincidentally to SMB.
New Star acquisitions Paul Lee and Aldrich Ramos will join old reliables Peter June Simon, Mark Barroca and Jean Marc Pingris for Star. Others in the roster are Justin Melton, Ian Sangalang, Elvin Jake Pascual, Allein Maliksi, Rodney Brondial and Rafi Reavis.
Meanwhile, SMB will parade an almost intact line-up led by MVP June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, Ronald Tubid, Arwind Santos, Gabby Espinas, Yancy de Ocampo, David Semerad, Chris Lutz, Brian Heruela and JayR Reyes. Newcomers are transferee Keith Agovida and rookies Rashawn McCarthy and Arnold Van Opstal.