GREG Slaughter expects Ian Sangalang to play a very big role for Magnolia in its drive to oust Ginebra in the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Ginebra won its elimination round match-up against Magnolia, 93-86, last October 28 in a match that saw Sangalang being a non-factor and scoring zero points in the ballgame.
Slaughter though expects none of that against the player he is expected to defend for the most part in the series.
“I’m not expecting that to happen again,” Slaughter said on his match-up with Sangalang. “He is a very talented player. He is a dangerous player. You know he can put up the points.
Though a lot of talk has been on Magnolia’s guards, Slaughter said Sangalang is also very much a dangerous player, saying that the Hotshots only lost by seven points when the former San Sebastian center didn’t score a point in their elimination round match.
“We got by last time without him scoring so we just have to keep up our defensive intensity that we have been bringing all conference,” said Slaughter.
In the match-up against NLEX, Slaughter fell hard on the floor after attempting to block a shot by NLEX import Aaron Fuller. Slaughter though said he is fine and won’t affect this play for Game One of the semifinals at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
“It was kinda sore. I fell right on my hip. It was a pretty bad fall. But I just have to be ready for the next game,” said Slaughter.
Going into Saturday’s series opener, Slaughter noted the importance of Game One in the short series.
“In these situations, you have to get that first game. If not, the momentum will be on the other side,” said Slaughter.