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Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang

first_img“But we have a game plan for him. I’m not just going to play him one-on-one. I’m going to do everything to stop him although, I won’t be able to stop him 100 percent. I just have to minimize his touches.”Sangalang has the unenviable task of guarding the 6-foot-10 Fajardo beginning Game 1 on Friday night.Magnolia forward Ian Sangalang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBut the former San Sebastian star isn’t fazed.“It’s a great feeling. I feel really challenged and very inspired knowing that I’m going to play against June Mar who is a four-time MVP,” he said in Filipino. “I’m really going to give everything I can to help my team stop June Mar and contribute.”Fajardo was unstoppable in the Beermen’s five-game win over Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals, but Sangalang thinks Magnolia can do a better job in guarding Fajardo in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s going to be tough because he’s been playing really well this conference,” Fajardo said in Filipino Wednesday during the pre-finals press conference. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “I think we can stop him as long as we execute our game plan against him.”Sangalang added the Hotshots have been raring to go back to the finals. They haven’t been to the championship round since completing a Grand Slam in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.“For me, we’re really hungry to win the title because it’s been four years since we played in the finals. We’re always preparing hard to get back. We’ve been praying since the start of the eliminations to make the finals and now God put us in this situation so it’s our time to work hard to win the all-Filipino.“Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In fact, Fajardo will be going up against one of them in Ian Sangalang, who was instrumental in Magnolia’s return trip to the finals after a four-year absence.Despite his size advantage, the reigning four-time PBA MVP said matching up against Sangalang won’t be a cakewalk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims No complacency ‘a must’ as Lady Eagles near UAAP volleyball Final 4 MOST READ Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang PLAY LIST 01:36Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang02:34Reduced to tears after first finals loss, Fajardo raring to get back at Magnolia01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo has been the most dominant player in the PBA for the past four years.But when talking about the best big men in the league today, Fajardo may be in a class of his own but he isn’t the only one in the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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