PBA Finals: Ang hirap, lagi kaming naghahabol sa huli -- Barroca

Philip Matel on Mar 25, 2018 10:13 PM
Barroca: Ang hirap, lagi kaming naghahabol sa huli
It was no comeback this time, as San Miguel was able to sitfle every attempt of a comeback Magnolia ventured in the late stages of the third and the early moments of the fourth quarter.

Magnolia Hotshot veteran Mark Barroca says that his team cannot always let themselves down in such a big hole and attempt a massive comeback effort everytime for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals series against four-time champions San Miguel.

The Hotshots, who were down by as much as 21 points, 50-71, were in familiar territory once again, as they trailed by 20 in Game 1 but were able to dig out of it and shock the Beermen, 105-103.

It was no comeback this time, as San Miguel was able to sitfle every attempt of a comeback Magnolia ventured in the late stages of the third and the early moments of the fourth quarter.

"Nahirapan talaga kami all throughout the first half to second half, parang hirap mag-score. Ginawa namin yung puwede naman pala kaming tumakbo. Next time, yun na lang ang gagawin namin,"  the one-time Finals MVP said after the game. 

"Binigyan naman ng chance ang mga sarili namin na makabalik. Nakabalik naman, kaso kinapos lang."

As the Hotshots were once again mired in a 20-point deficit, Barroca clarified that it was not their team's intention to fall behind, and added that falling into such a big hole is not ideal in any situation, much less in the Finals.

"Siguro yung ngayon, last game ganun din, dapat next game hindi ganito. Kasi pag ganito lagi, ang hirap, lagi kaming naghahabol sa huli."

Now that both teams are given a seven-day reprieve due to the celebration of the Holy Week, the former Tamaraw hopes that his teammates can use the alloted time wisely, for it was their first crack at rest since the dawning of their semifinals matchup against the NLEX Road Warriors.

"Hopefully, ngayon, tignan natin na nakapag-rest kami. 0-0 ulit. Best-of-five, so yung gagawin namin, ay makapag-recharge kami for Game 3. Ipakakita namin sa Game 3."

When asked about their strategy for Game 3, the dimunitive floor general said that the defensive-minded squad will try to control both ends of the floor from the get-go, however noted that it would be a very difficult task in just focusing on June Mar Fajardo, since their opponents have many offensive options from the perimeter, which Fajardo can just find and pass it to.

Even though Game ended bitterly for them, it was not all sadness for them since they were able to wake themselves up and muster another comeback, albeit in a failed effort.

"Yung quit lang naman ang pinanghahawakan namin. Hindi kami nag-ququit kung ano mang mangyari. Tatambakan kami, ngunit hindi kami mag-quiquit."

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