PBA Finals Game 1 By the Numbers: Sangalang's star turn
Paul Lintag on Mar 24, 2018 01:09 PM
Ian Sangalang scored 14 points in the fourth quarter of Game 1, matching San Miguel's entire output.
The 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is here and based from Game 1 Friday, we're going to have a long series filled with more than enough drama to carry us through the next conference.
San Miguel vs. Magnolia is not your ordinary sister act.
Both teams are out for the title and it should make for a fun showdown the rest of the way.
But as for Game 1, we've got the numbers for you guys. Enjoy.
Number of points for Ian Sangalang.
The forward out of San Sebastian nearly matched June Mar Fajardo point-for-point in Game 1, setting a new career high in the process.
With Ping out, Sangalang is the man up front for the Hotshots and he is more than capable of doing so.
Following a breakout semis series and a sensational Finals return, it seems like Ian's star turn is finally complete.
Number of points Ian Sangalang in the fourth quarter of Game 1.
Sangalang was a beast in the last 12 minutes of the series opener, leading Magnolia's epic comeback from a huge deficit.
Ian matched San Miguel's entire output in the fourth and he scored his team's last four points, including the two free throws in the last 16 seconds off of a June Mar foul to break a 103-all tie.
Largest lead of the game for San Miguel.
The Beermen started out hot and opened up a 20-point lead in the third period, 72-52.
San Miguel lost all of it in the fourth and now, the three-time defending champions are trailing an All-Filipino Final for the first time since 2016.
Number of losses for the Beermen this season in games where they reach 100 points or more.
According to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, San Miguel is 11-0 in the Philippine Cup once it reaches triple digits.
Magnolia put the one in 11-1.
Number of bench points for San Miguel Beer.
It came from Chris Ross, a usual starter who had to come off the bench from Game 1 because he continues to deal with an injury.
June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Arwind Santos all had big games for the Beermen and yet San Miguel lost after leading by as many as 20 points. Is this the first crack in coach Leo Austria's top-heavy system?
Game 2 of the Finals is set for Sunday at the MOA Arena.
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