Mark Barroca is unsure about his status in Game Two of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday after hurting his foot late in the curtain-raiser of the best-of-seven series between the Magnolia Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen, Wednesday night.
“Hindi ko pa alam eh.”
Barroca got hurt with 57.6 seconds left in Game One after San Miguel forward Arwind Santos landed on his right foot when they both went after the loose ball near the baseline. The eight-year pro took a while before standing up.
He only shrugged it off, however, and refused to get subbed out for good. Barroca kept himself on the playing court and helped his Hotshots avert a nine-point meltdown to emerge victorious, 99-94, to gain a 1-0 lead.
“Marami na rin akong ganito pero kailangan ako dun sa loob eh. Fighting spirit na lang talaga. Magiging warrior ka kasi kailangan kumpleto ka ‘pag eto kalaban mong team. Kailangan ng leadership dito,” he said.
“Isa ako sa mga leaders, so kahit masakit titiisin ko para sa team.”
And despite the pain, Barroca finds relief in the win. He lauded their impressive guard play that outmatched the Beermen’s own, but for him, it was really their defense that brought wonders and the head start in the series.
“Nagulat nga ako sa stats ngayon kasi ang dami naming double-digits, so maganda lang siguro yung opensa namin plus defense namin. Naka-depensa kami yung opensa sumsunod na lang, so ‘yun ‘yung maganda dun,” he shared.
“Kasi ‘pag opensa… Sa opensa ‘di talaga kami mananalo dito sa San Miguel. Tulad nung first half, ang taas ng score diba? Fifty-plus. ‘Di namin laro yun eh. Yung second half ‘yun ‘yung laro namin talaga.”
Calvin Abueva arrives in Quest Hotel
Kiefer Ravena expects big things from veteran-rookie Mike Ayonayon
PBA hopes to begin scrimmages on Wednesday
High-fives, fist bumps, bro hugs discouraged during PBA Clark bubble games
Phoenix not allowed to include Calvin Abueva to PBA bubble contingent
BNK Blufire parts ways with MLBB team in midst of MPL season
SOURCES: Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller leave UST
Tab Baldwin praises NBTC program for bringing home Fil-fors
UAAP fetes gen champs, athlete-scholars, honors MVPs, second sem athletes
Chooks-to-Go donates 5,000 pcs of dressed chicken to CESAFI
Barangay Ginebra reunite in SMC HQ, pack PPEs for frontliners
Makati survives Ablaza injury, San Juan to force MPBL North Game Three
- Basketball5 days ago
TY Tang was the smallest of players but had the biggest heart, say Guiao and Pumaren
- Basketball17 hours ago
Topex Robinson and Calvin Abueva headed ‘northbound’
- ESports3 days ago
City-wide blackout does not stop Blacklist’s Alas from PUBG competition
- ESports2 days ago
MPL-PH coaches share thoughts on Project NEXT