SAN Sebastian's Mark Sangalang may not be related in any way to the school's former superstar Ian. But the current Stags prospect shares more than just a surname with the Star Hotshots forward.
The younger Sangalang showed flashes of brilliance in a game that resembles that of the former Stags star, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a 79-54 drubbing of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Filoil Flying V Cup on Wednesday.
Also a lanky lefty, Sangalang was instrumental for the Stags in keeping the Generals at bay from start to finish of their second straight victory. He later bared that he really patterned his moves after the player who won a grand slam with the Purefoods franchise.
"Madalas (tinutukso). Sinasabi parehas kaming left handed, parehas Sangalang, minsan sinasabi magkamukha daw kami, hindi naman," said the agile forward with a laugh.
Asked if he is pressured to live up his surname, the 19-year-old Sangalang said he is just focusing on developing his game and helping the team make waves in the upcoming NCAA season.
"Hindi naman, talagang work hard lang. Gusto ko lang makatulong sa team. Hindi naman nape-pressure," said Sangalang, whose family also lived in Lubao, Pampanga before moving to Bataan.
The 6-foot-4 forward admits to be flattered with the comparisons to the PBA cager. But he was quick to point out he has a lot more work to do to make a name for himself.
"Malayo pa. Siguro yun nga sa hard work lang yung pagkakaparehas, ita-try ko pang higitan," he said.