PBA: Quitting will never be an option for Barroca's Hotshots
Paul Lintag on Mar 27, 2018 05:39 PM
"Yun lang naman pinanghahawakan namin, na hindi kami nagqu-quit kahit ano mangyari." --- Mark Barroca.
Magnolia has been bullied by San Miguel Beer so far in the 20018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
In Game 1, the Beermen jumped on a 20-point lead in the second half. In Game 2, San Miguel jumped on a 21-point lead in the second half.
However, showing that they also have a Never Say Die attitude, the Hotshots actually erased that Game 1 deficit to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7.
Magnolia was on its way to erasing the Game 2 deficit before ultimately falling short.
So while the Hotshots have been bullied so far in the Finals, their persistence has been their one positive that they could take moving forward.
"Positive lang na naka-balik kami. Yun lang kasi di kami nag-quit," Mark Barroca said.
"Yun lang naman pinanghahawakan namin, na hindi kami nagqu-quit kahit ano mangyari. Matambakan man kami o lumamang kami, o grinding game, di kami magqu-quit," he added.
Still, there's still more to actualy improve upon for the Hotshots in their title chase.
Most importantly their approach on defense, which is hard considering the Beermen have so many weapons on offense.
Teams have been trying to figure out for years how to check all of San Miguel's weapons. Almost nothing has worked so far.
"Siguro i-control lang namin both ends, inside and outside nila. Kasi nga nung first game namin masyado kaming nag-focus kay June Mar, yung outside nila gumagana," Barroca said.
"So ngayon naman, so sa next game, sobra kaming nag-aral kay June Mar masyado kasi ang ganda ng laro nya nung first game, so ngayon outside nila sobrang daming nakapag-shoot. Hopefully next game, both ends, outside and inside," he added.
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