Player of the Week Barroca still shining for Star
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2017 03:18 PM
Showing his veteran smarts and leadership at the start of the brand new conference, Star playmaker Mark Barroca emerged as the second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week after leading the Hotshots to a 2-0 start in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.
The 5-10 Barroca beat Star teammate Peter June Simon, Meralco guards Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger, Rain or Shine sophomore pointman Maverick Ahanmishi, Mahindra’s Ryan Arana, Alaska rookie forward Carl Cruz, and TNT’s Jayson Castro for the weekly citation for the period of March 20 to 26.
Stepping up in place of combo guard Paul Lee, who is playing through a knee injury, Barroca came off the bench to provide a much needed spark, firing 17 points and adding 2 steals in 23 minutes as Star debuted this conference with a 101-82 rout of Phoenix last Wednesday.
Three days later, Barroca churned out an all-around effort of eight points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, all while helping Star contain two-time PBA Scoring champion Terrence Romeo as the Hotshots registered a runaway 103-77 demolition of GlobalPort.
The Hotshots join the Meralco Bolts (3-0), defending champion Rain or Shine (3-0), and Alaska (2-0) as the unbeaten squads this conference.
Barroca, the 2014 Philippine Cup Finals MVP, is expected to play a bigger role for a Star side that is looking to make a fitting follow-up to its semifinal appearance in the Philippine Cup where it eventually lost to Barangay Ginebra in seven games.
Star has several days to prepare, before returning to action against winless NLEX this Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.