Prior to his one-and-done season with the De La Salle Green Archers, Jamie Malonzo was relatively unknown among Filipino basketball fans.
But after his stellar performance in UAAP Season 82 where he normed 15.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 28.3 minutes in the 13 games, the Fil-Am’s stock has been through the roof.
The Green Archers missed out of the Final 4 for the second consecutive season, finishing in 5th place with a 7-7 slate. The team managed to end their campaign in a high note on Wednesday with an 89-63 drubbing of Adamson.
Malonzo made sure to make his last game count, dropping a game-best 34 points built on 7-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc.
Speaking to reporters post-game, the 6’7 athletic forward said he dedicates his marvelous performance to La Salle’s outgoing senior and team captain Andrei Caracut.
“I’m just glad we got the win for our captain. That was the most important part of today for our team. I’m just glad we were able to pull it off for Andrei here,” he shared.
Malonzo also confirmed that he will be staying in country for the next step of his career.
“Most likely handle my recruits to probably hand my name to the PBA draft,” he said, when asked what’s next for him. “Like coach said, It’s a different ball game here. Can’t wait to play here more”.
Caracut, meanwhile, scored 14 points in his collegiate swan song and was grateful for La Salle’s uplifting sendoff to his five-year stay.
“Hindi ko inexpect na ganun yung lalaro namin kasi galing din sa talo. Pero nakita ko ang ganda ng nilaro namin sa offense and sa defense, siguro yung nagpapanalo. Yung defense yung importante,” he said.”
“May mga plano na ako pero di ko muna… siguro next week sabihin ko yung plans ko. HIndi pa rin ako tapos sa La Salle, may 30 units pa ako. Yun yung goal ko yung pag aaral ko”.