WITH do-or-die Game Five just a day away, there is no time to rest for San Mig guard Mark Barroca.
There isn't even time to sulk.
Their 2-0 lead in the PBA Governors Cup semifinal series against Talk 'N Text suddenly gone and coming off an 81-84 overtime loss in Game Four, Barroca said San Mig must find a way to regroup beginning in practice on Thursday if it hopes to salvage its grand slam dream.
"Balik ensayo kami mamaya, dapat maghanda para bukas ng maayos," said Barroca on Thursday morning, still feeling the aches and pains of a fiercely fought Game Four but vowing to give his all in the sudden-death match. "Sa Friday, bigay na 'to lahat kasi isang game na lang 'yun.
"'Di bale nang pagod basta mag-champion, magpahinga na lang pag-champion na," Barroca told Spin.ph.
San Mig and Barroca looked like a lock for a place in the finals just days ago, but that has changed over the last three days as Talk 'N Text rediscovered its winning form to send the series to sudden-death.
Now the Mixers will have to survive another do-or-die game on Friday if they hope to keep alive their quest for only the fifth grand slam in PBA history.
Barroca, however, said they have been forewarned by coach Tim Cone that there is no other way but the hard way against an equally grizzled and talented Talk 'N Text team.
"Ang sabi ni coach, ang pinakamahirap ang mag-close ng series," said the former Gilas guard. "Alam mo naman kung gaano kagaling ang team (Talk 'N Text) na 'to eh, sobrang taas ng respeto ko sa team na 'to. So madami pa, mahihirapan pa kami."
But if there is anything that motivates the pride of Zamboanga, it is the pursuit of the grand slam.
"Syempre may pinaghuhugutan kami, may goal kami," he said. "Every game na kina-count namin, sana makuha namin. Malapit na kami sa goal namin, 'yun nga 'yung grand slam nga pero one game at a time na ginagawa namin 'yan."