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    Sangalang gets PBA Player of Week honor for sparking Magnolia revival

    Mar 26, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    IAN Sangalang, a picture of consistency in Magnolia's steady rise to playoff contention after a horror start to the season, has been named the 2019 Cignal PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period covering March 18-24.

    The left-handed big man out of San Sebastian knows how much is at stake for Magnolia, which opened the season with three straight losses.

    No wonder, the 27-year-old Sangalang churned out the much-needed numbers with his averages of 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and 1.5 blocks to help Magnolia register back-to-back wins against NorthPort and Blackwater, respectively.

    Following a stinging overtime loss to long-time nemesis Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia quickly got back on its feet, bucking a slow start behind a second-half surge in their game against NorthPort.

    Sangalang unloaded 20 points, to go along with four rebounds, blocks and an assists as Magnolia rapped NorthPort, 103-90 on March 20.

    Forty-eight hours later, Magnolia was back grinding. Sangalang had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while adding five assists and a block to lead Magnolia past Blackwater, 97-87.

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    The Hotshots, now at sixth spot with their even 5-5 record, will be back in the final playdate of the eliminations where they face the NLEX Road Warriors in a crucial match where the winner secures a spot in the Top Six.

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    Sangalang beat teammates Paul Lee and Rodney Brondial, San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot, Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar, Alaska wingman Jeron Teng and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle for the weekly citation.

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