PBA: Decisive Barroca the difference in Magnolia's Game 1 win
Paul Lintag on Dec 05, 2018 10:39 PM
Magnolia was pretty much saved by Barroca, who scored five straight points, restoring a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and the Hotshots rolled to a 1-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
In a game of several runs, easily the most important was Mark Barroca's personal 5-0 blast in the fourth quarter.
The Aces erased a 21-point Magnolia deficit in the final quarter of Game 1, cutting the lead to only eight points.
Magnolia was pretty much saved by Barroca, who scored five straight points, restoring a double-digit lead and the Hotshots rolled to a 1-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.
Barroca first scored on a scoop shot to save a broken Magnolia play.
Barroca then stole the ball from Chris Banchero six seconds later and hit a booming triple for an 89-76 lead with 3:49 to go.
The former PBA Finals MVP says it was important to be decisive in those moments and him taking over allowed Magnolia to stop Alaska's momentum.
"Si coach kasi sinasabi samin na pag feel mo, i-take mo na. Mas magagalit siya pag di mo kinuha kasi nagda-dalawang isip ka eh. So nagkataon lang, siguro na-feel ko ng konti tapos ayun na-shoot," Barroca said.
"Kasi pag di ko tinira yun baka magalit sakin si coach eh. Baka di na ako gamitin eh," he added.
If Barroca showed hesitation in those plays, Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero would have lost it.
"Batukan ko siya," Victolero quipped if Barroca didn't go for it during his game-saving personal run.
Barroca ended up with 16 points, 10 in the fourth quarter, and he was at the lead of Magnolia's guard rotation.
The Hotshots certainly got the better of their Alaska counterparts and the guard matchups would certainly dictate these Finals.
Barroca and his crew are glad to take Game 1.
"Pinaguusapan din namin na di lang to import eh, given na yun magaling yung dalawa," Barroca said.
"Magkakatalo to sa guards, kasi yun laro nila eh tapos yun din laro namin. Kailangan match namin yung energy at effort nila, yung execution and toughness," he added.
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