MARK Barroca is glad to sustain the surge after Magnolia Pambansang Manok’s ouster of champion Barangay Ginebra after the Hotshots scoed a breeze Game One win over Alaska in the PBA Governors Cup finals.
Barroca led all Magnolia locals with 16 points including 10 in the final quarter to help the franchise take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
“Malaking kumpiyansa yun. Kung natalo kami nung Game Four, di na namin alam ang mangyayari. Nung nanalo kami, yung kumpiyansa namin tumaas,” said Barroca of the Hotshots’ semifinals series win (3-1) over the Kings, the champions of the past two editions of the season-ending meet.
“Pero hindi naman natatapos lang yun doon sa Ginebra (series).”
The Hotshots did carry with them the momentum of that victory against the Kings as they went off to a fast start and jumped to a 15-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Barroca then took charge late in the final period when the Aces made their final stand.
As Alaska came to within 76-84, the Magnolia guard drilled five straight points, including a corner three, that highlighted a 7-0 run to stretch back the lead to 91-76 with 3:31 left.
“Siguro maganda lang yung depensa namin ngayon, and di lang maganda yung opensa nila,” Barroca humbly said.
He expects a different Alaska side to show up for Friday’s Game 2, though.
“Next game, magbabago yan. Kaya kailangan naming trabahuhin yun,” said Barroca.