PBA: Sangalang delivers series-saving performance for Magnolia

Paul Lintag on Apr 16, 2019 10:17 PM
Sangalang delivers series-saving performance for Magnolia
Sangalang outscored Rain or Shine by himself in the fourth quarter, 12-11, providing the offense needed as the Hotshots’ signature defense shut the Elasto Painters down.

In need of a win to stay alive in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, Magnolia didn’t look particularly good in the first half of Game 3 against Rain or Shine Tuesday.

For one, Ian Sangalang scored a grand total of zero points in the first two quarters.

That’s not exactly ideal for the Hotshots.

Through three quarters, Sangalang still only had four points and Magnolia was trailing the Elasto Painters by six. The Hotshots were really on their way to going down 0-3 in the best-of-7 series.

And then Ian went off.

Sangalang outscored Rain or Shine by himself in the fourth quarter, 12-11, providing the offense needed as the Hotshots’ signature defense shut the Elasto Painters down.

Magnolia pulled away late and won by 11, cutting its series deficit in half.

Sangalang credits the injured veteran forward Marc Pingris for keeping him straight, inspiring him to deliver a series-saving performance.

“Nung first half, tinignan ko lang yung sitwasyon kung ano pwede magawa ko. Well, wala ako nagawa pero nag-think positive lang ako coming into the second half. Si Ping ni-lift up niya ako, sobrang thankful ako, naa-appreciate ko paano niya ako i-motivate. Siguro nanggaling na yung laro ko kay Ping,” Sangalang, who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, said.

“Lagi niya naman ako sinasabihan na once nakuha ko na yung laro ko, babalik na ako. Positive lang. Sobrang lagi niya ako namo-motivate,” he added.

Finally getting a game back in these PBA semifinals, the Hotshots have given themselves a chance to win.

The now welcome a short Holy Week break to recover and go for true comeback starting with Game 4.

“Positive lang kami coming into this game, kahit anong mangyari di kami gi-give up. Bibigay pa rin namin yung best namin, di kami pwedeng matalo dito,” Sangalang said.

“Pag matalo kami sobrang hirap na eh, so binigyan lang namin ng chance sarili namin na manalo,” he added.

 

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