MARK Barroca is not denying that his coming church wedding is serving as inspiration for his fine play in Magnolia’s campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The six-year guard is set to tie the knot with wife Ruselle Anne Alinea on Feb. 12, six years since the coupled got married in civil rites.
The union is blessed with a lovely daughter named Natalie Faith.
“Matagal ko ng hinintay na maka-church wedding kami. Kaya inaalay ko yung panalo (namin) at 'yung pagiging Best Player (of the Game) ko sa wedding namin,” he said after the Hotshots notched their fifth win in six outings by drubbing TnT Katropa, 91-83, Saturday night.
“So siguro isa ito sa motivation ko.”
He said preparations for the nitty-gritty of the wedding took them this long to finally get married in church.
And why Feb. 12 and not 14 which happens to be Valentine’s Day?'
“Anniversary kasi namin yun,” he disclosed. “At tsaka baka wala nang pumunta (dahil Valentine’s).”
Barroca topscored in Magnolia’s fourth straight win this season, firing a game-high 20 points aside from grabbing eight rebounds, and issuing five assists. He finished 7-of-14 from the field.
More importantly, the playmaker out of Far Eastern University carried the Hotshots on his shoulders when star guard Paul Lee went out with a sprained left foot.
He refused to take credit for the win.
“Kami naman lahat nag step-up kasi nga yung nangyari kay Paul,” he said. “Hindi naman one-man lang, lahat naman kami nag effort.”
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero agreed with Barroca’s observation.
“I give credit sa lahat ng mga players sa effort na ginawa nila,” he said. “Especially si MB, medyo inspired kasi ikakasal siya ulit.”