Barroca turns emotional as Hotshots make it back to Finals

Paul Lintag on Mar 20, 2018 10:54 PM
Barroca turns emotional as Hotshots make it back to Finals
After a Grand Slam season in 2014, the Purefoods franchise has never made it back to the championship round until now when the Hotshots advanced to challenge San Miguel Beer for the All-Filipino title.

It's been a while since Magnolia made it to the PBA Finals.

After a Grand Slam season in 2014, the Purefoods franchise has never made it back to the championship round until now when the Hotshots advanced to challenge San Miguel Beer for the All-Filipino title.

That long wait has made one of the team's cornerstones emotional.

"Naiyak nga ako kanina e. Pagka-buzzer, hawak ko yung bola. Sobrang pasalamat ako nakabalik kami sa Finals," Mark Barroca said after Magnolia beat NLEX in Game 6 of their semifinals series Tuesday at th Big Dome.

"Almost five years na rin kaming hindi nakapasok. So masaya kami ngayon nakapasok kami. Sana, hindi lang itong Finals lang, di pa naman tapos ang misyon. Meron pa kaming lalaruin, yung San Miguel," he added.

Aside from the fact that it's bee na couple of seasons since their last Finals stint, the Hotshots have made it to four straight semis including this conference.

And after three straight semis defeats, Magnoliais ready to bury all of its disappointment by capturing the Philippine Cup and stopping the San Miguel dynasty.

"Nandoon nga ang gutom kasi yung frustration nga na talo kami nung semis. Di kami umaabot ng Finals. Parang pag natatalo kami, nadi-dismaya kami," Barroca said.

"Ngayon nasa Finals na kami. Di lang naman yung goal dito e. Pang apat na semis namin nakapasok narin, so over the hump nga. Ngayon, nasa Finals kami, yung target namin bahala na, bigay namin best namin ng Finals," he added.

 


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