MARK Barroca acknowledged Marc Pingris as deserving of the Finals Most Valuable Player award in light of his heroics in San Mig Coffee’s successful title conquest in the PBA Governors Cup.
Until he went scoreless in Game Six of the best-of-seven title series against Petron, Barroca was actually in the running for the top individual plum along with Pingris, and Boosters rookie big man June Mar Fajardo.
But with him almost a non-factor in the match, the Mixers failed to close the Boosters out, 99-88, to force a deciding winner-take-all game.
For Barroca, everything is water under the bridge as he declared Pingris the real Finals MVP.
“Wala sa akin yun,” Barroca said about not winning the award. “Yun ang brotherhood namin, walang selosan.”
“Thankful pa rin ako sa mga tao na nagsasabing MVP ako, pero sinasabi ko sa kanila, hindi yun ang goal ko. Ang goal ko mag-champion,” added the former Far Eastern University star.
“Malaking role ang ginampanan ko dito kaya memorable pa rin sa akin 'yun.”
Barroca delivered in the clutch in the Mixers’ 88-86 Game Four win, before tallying a career-high-tying 22 points in the 114-103 Game Five victory.
After disappearing in Game Six, the former Gilas playmaker registered 10 points, six boards, four assists, and two steals in 34 minutes in the all-important finale.
“Isa na ito sa mga conference na nagagamit talaga ako ni coach (Tim Cone),” Barroca said. “Sana mapagpatuloy ko pa na mag-improve pa ako sa ibang aspect ng game.”