MARK Barroca was as confused as everyone when he found out that he was wearing the wrong set of uniform to start the second half of San Mig Coffee’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game against Barako Bull.
The former national team player out of Far Eastern University was caught using the No. 11 blue jersey of teammate Alex Mallari instead of his regular no. 14 kit.
Barroca was slapped with a technical foul over the mix-up, which Josh Urbiztondo converted into a free throw basket to give the Energy Cola a 47-46 lead with 11:47 to go in the third period.
“Ako mismo nagulat eh,” Barocca recalled of the incident that provided some comic relief to an otherwise tightly-fought encounter between the two teams at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Players are usually provided with two sets of uniforms as they change jerseys at halftime.
Barroca and Mallari had their cubicles right next to each other, but it turned out San Mig’s utility boy brought three sets of uniforms for the rookie point guard.
“Tatlo pala `yung uniform bale ni Alex, isa lang yung sa akin. Kaya pag-suot ko, hindi ko na napansin na sa kanya (Mallari) pala yung jersey,” said Barroca.
It was Barako Bull coach Rajko Toroman who called the attention of game officials about the technicality.
“Nung tinuro na ni coach Rajko, tsaka ko rin lang napansin,” he said.
Asked if San Mig coach Tim Cone got angry about it, Barroca answered in the negative.
“Hindi naman kasi `yun `yung game,” he said.
But then again, Barroca got himself thinking when informed that had the Mixers lost by a point to the Energy Cola, the bonus free throw from the technical foul could have made the difference.
The reigning champions dropped a 105-100 setback.
“Yun lang, ibang usapan na siguro yun," he said.