Magnolia Hotshots: Bench Depth Reinventing PBA Dynamics


The Magnolia Hotshots exhibited their renowned bench prowess in a commanding 104-91 victory against the Terrafirma Dyip, displaying their depth and adaptability within the PBA.

A pivotal force in this triumph was Ian Sangalang, delivering 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench, marking a significant return since his bout with hyperthyroidism—a journey that has been inspiring.

Reflecting on his performance, Sangalang’s focus was more on contributing to the team’s success rather than individual accolades. “I didn’t really think about being the Best Player of the Game. I just wanted to come back, play again, return to my role in this team, and contribute,” he expressed postgame.

Reclaiming form after such a challenging period wasn’t an easy task for the reliable big man. However, Sangalang’s perseverance and dedication stood out as he navigated through the hurdles and committed himself to aiding the squad.

“When I came back, I just tried to stay positive and enjoy every moment. No pressure. Whatever playing time Coach gives me, I’ll make the most out of it,” Sangalang shared, emphasizing his approach to the game.

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The Hotshots’ strategy has notably evolved, fostering the growth of other big men like James Laput, Abu Tratter, and Jackson Corpuz, easing the load on Sangalang and diversifying their options.

“It’s a great feeling because before, I was the only big man playing, and I was exhausted. Now, every time Coach Chito puts me in, I feel so fresh because I can perform,” Sangalang noted, expressing his relief at having capable teammates to share the load.

The importance of this depth during crucial stages like playoffs and semis isn’t lost on Sangalang. “I’m ecstatic because now I have some help. We need this, especially as the games get tougher,” he added, emphasizing the team’s need for collective effort in the upcoming challenges.

The Hotshots, potentially with the return of Calvin Abueva, aim to maintain their stellar performance against the Converge FiberXers this coming Saturday, capitalizing on their enriched lineup and formidable bench strength.


image source:Sports.inquirer


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