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    Mark Barroca hoping injury won't keep him out of Game Two

    May 2, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MARK Barroca is uncertain if he'll be able to play in Game Two of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals after hurting his plantar fascia late in Game One.

    "Hindi ko alam," he said, sounding worried at the end of Magnolia's 99-94 Game One conquest of San Miguel on Wednesday.

    Barroca hurt his right foot when Arwind Santos' body landed on him in a battle for the loose ball with 57.6 seconds left in the clock.

    The Hotshots playmaker was writhing in pain as doctors tended to him on the sidelines, but braved on and finished the rest of the game on his feet.

    "Sobrang sakit pero kaya naman. Kanina gusto ni coach na palitan ako pero sabi ko kaya ko naman kasi kailangan ko rin, kasi momentum na eh," he said after finishing with 17 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 31 minutes of play.

    "Huli na lang siguro yung sakit," he added.

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      The pain was worth it for Barroca as Magnolia once again proved to itself that it can topple the mighty San Miguel.

      And that's really the key for the challengers: to believe as the Hotshots hope to be the wall to finally put an end to the Beermen's dynasty in the all-Filipino conference for the past half-decade.

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      "Kailangan naming maniwala lang. Kasi, pag hindi kami naniwala, mahirap maglaro eh. Isang game pa lang ito eh," he said.

      "Ang mentality ko pag kalaban ang San Miguel is our back is against the wall dahil walang room for error sa San Miguel. Katulad kanina, lamang kami ng sampu, onse, pero ang bilis nilang habulin. Wala pang two minutes, dalawa na lang lamang namin. Kaya sa mga ganoong bagay, kailangan maging solid kami."

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