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    Rookie Ian Sangalang won't allow himself to be pushed around by rugged Painters in Game Five

    Jul 9, 2014

    HE may be the youngest player at San Mig Coffee, but that doesn’t stop Ian Sangalang from making bold predictions.

    As long as the Mixers keep their sights set on the ultimate goal that is the grand slam, the 22-year-old rookie believes his team can finish off Rain or Shine in the deciding game of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night.

    "Focus lang kami, work hard lang kami, alam namin na makukuha namin 'yan (grand slam), alam namin na kaya namin 'yan," Sangalang assured in a chat with

    After scoring 13 points and grabbing three boards to help the Mixers win Game Three, Sangalang was relatively limited in the Game Four loss, where he wound up with just eight points and a single rebound.

    But the lanky big man is now up to the challenge of matching the physicality of the Elasto Painters, particularly fellow rookie slotman Raymond Almazan’s, in Game Five.

    "Ganoon talaga game 'yan eh, kung i-physical nila ako bigyan ko rin sila ng physical game,” said the pride of Pampanga, the second pick overall in this season's rookie draft.

    "Alam ko rin si Raymond, eh 'di kung dedepensahan niya ako ready lang ako lagi. Kung dedepensahan niya ako much better mas macha-challenge ako," added Sangalang.

    But used to the rugged play inside the paint, the former San Sebastian standout and one third of the dreaded 'Pinatubo Trio' with Calvin Abueva and Ronald Pascual assured to deliver in the last and most important game of his freshman year.

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    "Kahit sino dumepensa sa akin kaya ko maglaro talaga," Sangalang said. 

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