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    With Castro, Romeo poised to make Final 12, choosing last Gilas point guard tough, says Barroca

    Apr 28, 2017
    Jio Jalalon is vying for the last point guard spot in the Gilas Final 12. Jaime Campos

    MARK Barroca feels filling the point guard spot is going to be a tough job for Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes.

    With Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo expected to make the 12-man roster for the Seaba championship, the fight for the remaining one-spot – or spots – is down to LA Revilla, Jio Jalalon, and Mike Tolomia.

    “Yun talaga yung mahirap dyan, kasi nandyan sila Jayson, sila Terrence, sila LA, si Jio, so siguro si coach Chot na bahala dun,” Barroca said. “Lahat magagaling eh.”

    "Yung sa Gilas kami dati, ganun din,” the Star point guard added, referring to his stint in the original Gilas Pilipinas squad. “Pinagpilian kami at buti nasama pa ako dati.”

    JVee Casio was the starting point guard, while Barroca usually came off the bench. Chris Tiu also handled some of the playmaking duties in the amateur-laden Gilas 1.0.

    Barroca teamed up with Jalalon in the Mindanao selection and faced Revilla and Tolomia in the All-Star game in Cagayan de Oro last Wednesday.


    Despite having the veteran team, the 31-year-old Barroca admitted the youth-laded Gilas squad in Mindanao prove a tough nut to crack, as evidenced by their 114-114 draw.

    “Oo (nahirapan kami) kasi maganda yung sistema rin nila, depensa nila,” Barroca said. “Ngayon, bago pa lang sila, so syempre may adjustment pa yan. Pero makikita mo na pwede pa talaga mag-improve pag magkasama sila lahat.”

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    Barroca, though, had the last say as he knocked down the top-of-the key triple that forced the deadlock.

    “At least yung Gilas, mapu-push din sila, kaya ayun, lahat kami, gumagawa,” Barroca said.

    “Pero pag time na mabubuo sila, mahirap makalaban yan,” he added. “Yung game nga namin, parang hirap na hirap kami.”

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