IAN Sangalang scored a game-high 20 points including a crucial three-point play in Game Five of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals won by Magnolia.
Sangalang converted a three-point play off two misses by Alaska on the break, giving the Hotshots a 77-76 lead. Magnolia went on to win, 79-78, on a game-winner by Paul Lee with 1.6 seconds left in the contest.
Sangalang deflected the credit of his crucial basket to his teammates as they made the critical lay-up possible with Lee also able to hold his own during a three-on-one fastbreak play, leading to misses by Kevin Racal and Jake Pascual.
“Thankful ako sa mga teammates ko. Sila nag-trabaho sa kabilang court. Hindi sila nag-give up. Ako, kahit nandoon ako sa kabilang court, hindi ako bumaba. Sila ‘yun. Hindi ako ‘yun,” said Sangalang.
Friday was Sangalang’s best game of the series as he hit 8 of 13 from the field. He also had eight points in the second quarter as he picked up the slack for Romeo Travis, who struggled with 10 points although he grabbed 17 boards.
“Sa series na ‘to, eto na ‘yung pinakamagandang linaro ko. Thankful ako na nakapag-adjust ako today. Nakapag-adjust kami kung ano ‘yung dapat naming gawin. Hindi lang ako ‘yun. ‘Yung mga teammates ko, okay rin. Nakapag-adjust kami sa role namin. Naging effective kami ngayong game na ‘to,” said Sangalang.
If Friday was any indication, Game Six will not be easy for Magnolia and Sangalang definitely agrees as the series shifts to the Ynares Center on Wednesday.
“Next game, kailangan mag-focus kami. Kita mo naman ‘yung game na ‘yun. Hindi ganun kadali. Kailangan mag-focus kami kung ano kailangan gawin. Kung ano ginagawa namin ngayo, gawin lang namin next game. Konting adjustment at wag lang kaming mangigil sa game,” said Sangalang.