Mark Barroca still upbeat about Star getting its act together despite latest loss to Ginebra
Marc Barroca scored 14 of his 16 points in the third quarter in Star's 92-87 loss against Ginebra. Jerome Ascano

MARK Barroca regretted Star’s defensive lapses down the stretch that spoiled his offensive outburst and factored in the team’s 92-87 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.

The Hotshots star playmaker fired 14 of his 16 points in the third quarter, where they outscored the Gin Kings, 26-10, to erase a 12-point deficit and build an eight-point lead heading into the final frame.

Unfortunately, the Hotshots failed to sustain the momentum as they gave up the lead and eventually the game – their fourth loss in five games.

“‘Di ako nanghihinayang sa game ko, nanghihinayang ako kasi ‘di kami nanalo,” Barroca said. “Gusto rin namin manalo kasi andun yung team effort na bumalik kasi down kami. Kinapos lang.”

“Lumamang kami at nag-relax kami, nawala yung depensa,” he added. “Pag ganung bagay, dapat napapansin namin yun. Dapat magusap-usap kami kasi di na kami naka-shoot.”

Barroca cited the noise whipped up by a crowd of 16,126 at the Araneta Coliseum as a reason why the Hotshots miscommunicated with each other.

“’Di na kami nakapagusap kasi maingay na,” the five-year veteran said. “Next game siguro, pag ganun yung kalaban, magusap-usap kami.”

Despite his team suffering a fourth loss in five games, Barroca remained upbeat of making the postseason, but is pushing the panic button.

“Mag-playoffs lang kami, yun na target namin,” the 5-foot-10 point guard said. “Every game, kailangan na talaga namin manalo.”

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