Abueva excited to team up with college pal Sangalang

Published February 18, 2021, 1:48 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Photos from PBA Images

Calvin Abueva is excited to be once again teammates with Ian Sangalang now that he’s a member of the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.

Abueva’s transfer from the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters to the Hotshots allowed him to reunite with Sangalang, a fellow member of the famed “Pinatubo Trio” formed together with Ronald Pascual at San Sebastian College.

“Dati pa kasi alam na namin na siyempre since college magkasangga kayo, tapos dito pag draft niyo hindi mo alam kung magkakampi pa kayo o hindi na,” Abueva said when asked in Wednesday’s 2OT program.

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“Ito yung first time sa ilang years na rin na nagkakampi din kami,” added Abueva, who was sent to Magnolia along with the 10th round pick in this year’s draft in exchange for Chris Banchero and the sixth and 18th selections of the March 14 proceedings.

Abueva and Sangalang are used to winning championships as teammates during their amateur days, beginning in 2009 when San Sebastian ended the three-year reign of fierce rival San Beda.

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The two continued to enjoy success on the same side in the commercial ranks, first helping Excelroof claim the last championship of the Philippine Basketball League in 2010 before its closure before being part of NLEX’s dominating run in the first three conferences of the PBA D-League from 2011 to 2012.

Abueva could only hope that this latest partnership can translate into another championship.

“I am super excited,” he said. “Gusto kong makakuha pa ng more championships.”