Jamie Malonzo compares Manila Clasico atmosphere to Ateneo-La Salle

Jamie Malonzo wanted to bask in trademark “GI-NE-BRA” chants during his first-ever experience of the Manila Clasico tradition on Sunday night.

Thus, satisfaction on his part when he got his wish – icing on the cake, indeed, to the Kings’ 103-97 victory as seen live by 12,087 fans.

“One of my goals today was to be able to hear that Ginebra singing and we got it a couple of times,” offered the second shortly after the game at the Mall of Asia Arena. “It was enough to give us energy and succeed today.

Malonzo is no stranger to playing in rivalry games, having been part of the Ateneo-La Salle battle during his spell with the Green Archers in 2019.

And the legendary UAAP Season 82 team member saw some similarities between the two classic rivalries after his first glimpse of the Clasico.

“There are certainly similarities. Just to feel the energy of the crowd when I was at La Salle playing against Ateneo, you feel the game, you can feel the fans, you can feel the energy in the arena.

“Today was no different,said Malonzo, who arrived in Barangay via trade last month. “Ginebra fans are different. They are as faithful as possible.

He definitely fed off that energy, leading to a driving performance that saw him finish with 18 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes.

The 6-foot-7 winger. however, he diverted the credit to the other Kings, particularly reigning MVP Scottie Thompson, as he takes more pride in the collective effort.

“To be honest, it’s Scottie’s team. He did a great job, honestly. Had a lot of energy. It’s the vet team and I’m just trying to stay out of the way and help the team as much as possible,Malonzo said.

“I’m quite happy with the way we played and we managed to get the dub. It’s definitely a team win. This is the main objective. We did it.

The second game of each PBA game day is broadcast live on Smart sports.

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