MANILA, Philippines – Mark Barroca had struggled all game long but sank his only field goal with 11.2 seconds remaining to give San Mig Super Coffee Mixers a game one victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 85-83, in their PLDT Home DSL PBA PhiIippine Cup semifinal series on Tuesday, January 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After Mac Baracael’s inbound pass was stolen by Joe Devance, Barroca wasted away time and sank a go-ahead one-hander over a defensive LA Tenorio to give the Mixers an 85-83 advantage.
With both teams out of timeouts, Tenorio rushed frontcourt and attempted a potential game-winning trey but backfired; Marc Pingris collared the rebound and was immediately fouled with just 2.3 ticks to go.
Pingris missed both free throws but Ginebra had no choice but to throw up a prayer from San Mig’s court as time expired.
“This game could have gone either way. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” said San Mig head coach Tim Cone, whose troops outrebounded the Kings, 50-43.
“It’s a long series. There’s no feeling of comfort at 1-0.”
After a 16-7 run in the fourth quarter that saw the Mixers take the 73-72 edge, Yancy De Ocampo and Justin Melton sank triples to make it 80-75.
However, Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio conspired with two baskets each, as Ginebra took the driver’s seat, 83-81 with 35.8 seconds left.
San Mig responded with Joe Devance seeing a lapse on Ginebra’s defense for an easy basket to tie it at 83 apiece, 32.2 seconds to go.
Barroca finished with just 5 points on 1 of 7 shooting from the field to go with 3 assists in but made his crucial field goal count to give the Mixers the series edge. Joe Devance topscored with 20 points including 15 in the first half, while PJ Simon added 16 markers.
Ginebra will try to bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday, January 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
San Mig – Devance 20, Simon 16, Pinrgis 10, De Ocampo 9, Sangalang 8, Melton 8, Barroca 5, Yap 5, Mallari 4, Reavis 0.
Ginebra – Tenorio 16, Aguilar 14, Baracael 12, Slaughter 10, Ellis 9, Caguioa 8, Reyes 5, Helterbrand 4, Monfort 3, Mamaril 2.
Quarter scores: 26-28, 43-40, 67-75, 85-83.