Mark Barroca insists decision not to call timeout in crucial play has Webb imprimatur
Mark Barroca chose to drive instead of calling a timeout with Star trailing NLEX by three in the final seconds on Friday night. Jaime Campos

MARK Barroca insisted coach Jason Webb gave him and the rest of Star the license to shoot in a play where they could’ve called a timeout late in the Hotshots’ 88-85 loss to NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night.

After Jonas Villanueva split his charities that left the game open for a Star team that trailed by just three points, the Hotshots could’ve called for time to set up a game-tying play.

But Barroca decided to take matters into his own hands as he drove to the basket and took a floater that missed. Asi Taulava hauled down the rebound to help preserve the result for NLEX.

“Sabi naman ni coach na kung pwede i-timeout, i-timeout, pero kung kaya i-atake, i-atake,” Barroca said after the game.

“Sine-save rin yung timeout, so pag may opporutnity atakihin na lang,” the Hotshots starting point guard added.

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It was the only questionable decision in an otherwise sold night for Barroca, who came away with 15 points, eight assists, four steals, three boards, and one block in 35 minutes.

His performance, though, was hardly enough as the Hotshots reeled to a fourth loss in five games to get stuck in second to last spot ahead of only winless GlobalPort.

“Di pa rin kami maka alis sa hump na yun,” Barroca said. “Puro ganun games namin, dikit lang tapos may chance na manalo pero sa huli kinakapos.”

“Di lang sa isang tao, sana lahat willing,” he added.

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