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    Magnolia needs strong start to stop SMB in series decider, says Barroca

    May 13, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MAGNOLIA only needs to have a good start to be in firm control of Wednesday's Game Seven in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

    That's the assessment Mark Barroca offered as the Hotshots squandered a chance to end San Miguel Beer's dynasty on Sunday.

    "Dapat next game, makuha namin yung good start namin," he said after being held to just six points and five rebounds in the contest.

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      In Game Five, Magnolia seized early control of the game, jumping on a 27-18 lead and extended it to a 49-36 advantage at halftime. The Hotshots pulled out the 88-86 victory.

      It was the same case for Game Six for San Miguel as it went on a 25-12 start and took a 50-36 halftime lead. The Beermen equalized the series with a 98-86 decision.

      "Yun yung storya, yung first half. Kasi yung first half yung crucial dito eh," said the steady playmaker.

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      Barroca, however, knows all too well that when it comes to a winner-take-all Game Seven, it's really anyone's ball game.

      "Ganoon talaga ang basketball. Nakuha namin ang Game Five, pero natalo kami ngayon," he said. "So Game Seven, anybody's game na. Tignan natin kung makuha namin. Hopefully, makuha namin."

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