Barroca keeps focus as Magnolia grabs lead: 'Mawawala yan pag natalo ka sa huli'
Mark Barroca led Magnolia with 14 points. Marlo Cueto

MARK Barroca remained optimistic despite another near meltdown for Magnolia as the veteran guard insisted that these type of games will only help toughen the Hotshots in the long run.

The Hotshots blew an 18-point lead before hanging on in the end to take a 78-72 win over the Blackwater and notch its fifth straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

"Maganda lang sa amin kasi kailangan namin yung games na ganun. Di lahat ng games tambak," said Barroca. 

"Kailangan din namin matutunan yung ganitong laro sa ganitong sitwasyon. Kailangan namin yun going to the playoffs," he added. 

Barroca led the Hotshots with 14 points, making most of his damage in the middle quarters where they started to pull away from the Elite.

And with Paul Lee still on a day-to-day basis, this win is definitely an added boost for the team. But despite this hot stretch, the cat-quick guard out of Far Eastern University stayed grounded as the Hotshots have yet to accomplish their goal. 

"Habang may advantage kami na nanalo kami, yung momentum nakukuha namin, keep on pushing lang na manalo at manalo hanggang makapunta dun sa makakakuha kami ng advantage," Barroca continued. 

"Positive lang kami. Di kami nakukumpyansa kung ano ang meron kami ngayon. Keep on pushing lang kasi yung 6-1, wala pa naman yan eh. Mawawala yan pag natalo ka sa huli. Nasa pinakamababa ka pa rin nyan."

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