PBA Fastbreak: Barroca’s clutch dramatics seal San Mig win

Enzo Flojo
Barroca's late heroics, the see-saw action and Joe Devance's hot-hand from long range. PBA writer Enzo Flojo takes a look back at game one between San Mig Super Coffee Mixers and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

EVERYDAY HE'S HUSTLING. Mark Barroca goes after a loose ball. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Super Coffee Mixers over Barangay Ginebra, 85-83

The Best: The wild finish? The see-saw scoring? Joe Devance hitting 3 treys? How about the whole friggin’ game?! This was Manila Clasico at its best, and, man, we still have, potentially, six more games of this rock ‘em sock ‘em back-and-forth action. Bring it on!!! #HoopsHeaven

The Worst: Saddled by foul trouble for the entire game, Mark Caguioa only really became relevant in the dying minutes, hitting two “nakaw” lay-ups to spark Ginebra’s last fightback. Sadly, things turned sour for the Kings, with Mac Baracael turning from hero to zero in the end. Moments after he stole the ball and connected with LA Tenorio on a momentum-changing fastbreak play, Baracael’s indecisiveness (maybe coach Ato could have had a different inbounder after Baracael muffed his first try, too) started a chain reaction that led to this Game 1 defeat.

Kapeng Barroca: Lead SMC playmaker Mark Barroca struggled with his shot all night. He shot 0/7 from the floor for about 26 minutes, but he did come up big in the game’s biggest moment. With less than 12 ticks to go, the former FEU Tamaraw rose up and hit the eventual game-winner over LA Tenorio. That was his only field goal of the entire game. Clearly, Barroca has blossomed into a big time clutch player, and I think Ginebra really has to think of unique ways to try and stop him because that shot will probably trigger a huge game from “The Coffee Prince” in Game 2. – Rappler.com