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    Mark Barroca ends controversy-filled series with Finals MVP award

    Dec 19, 2018
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    ANTIPOLO – Mark Barroca was voted the Finals MVP of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup after Magnolia dispatched Alaska in six games on Wednesday night.

    Barroca got the nod following his pivotal performance for the Hotshots, who ended a four-year title drought with a 102-86 victory over the Aces in Game Six.

    Barroca, who scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and issued five assists in Game Six, beat Ian Sangalang and Best Player of the Conference Paul Lee to win the second Finals MVP award of his career.

    He won his first in the 2013-2014 Philippine Cup - a grand slam year for the storied Magnolia franchise.

    "Matagal na kaming magkakasama and we just stayed together," said Barroca, one of the few holdovers from the Purefoods team that won a grand slam under Tim Cone.

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    Controversy hounded Barroca during the title series when he was fined P50,000 for hitting Alaska’s Chris Banchero in the groin area in Game Four.

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    But there was no denying that Barroca was one of the most consistent performers for Magnolia in the series both on offense and on defense.

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