The Best: All of a sudden, Mark Barroca looks like the best player in the PBA. The Coffee Prince was absolutely amazing Sunday night in leading the Mixers to a Game 3 win over the Ginebra Gin Kings. The former FEU standout filled the sheet with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. He shot 10/18 form the field and a flawless 4/4 from the line. Together with spitfire rookie guard Justin Melton, Barroca led a decisive run early in the fourth quarter that put some needed separation between SMC and the Kings.
The Worst: I believe the worst thing that happened to Ginebra here was Emman Monfort getting injured. With about 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and SMC clinging to just a 3-point lead, Monfort tried to cover SMC big man Ian Sangalang, but the pint-sized PG stepped on the latter’s foot. As a result, Monfort twisted his ankle and had to be helped off the court. Not long after, the Mixers made their run and notched a 2-1 series lead. Had Monfort remained, the Kings might have been able to better match-up with SMC’s speedy backcourt. Now, Monfort’s status is yet unclear, and his absence would surely dampen the Kings’ future chances.
Pingsanity: I say Marc Pingris is a lock for the final Gilas twelve bound for Spain and a lock as the best power forward currently playing in the PBA. He guarded pretty much everybody wearing a Ginebra jersey in Game 3, and he was just dominant all over. Ping shot 7/13 from the floor to finish with 15 points while also grabbing a dozen rebounds, handing out 4 dimes, and blocking 1 shot. More he did a swell job limiting Japeth Aguilar, who shot 3/11 from the field, and shadowing Greg Slaughter in the fourth period. Cannot wait to see him try his hand against the likes of Anthony Petrie (AUS), Boris Diaw (FRA), Hector Hernandez (MEX) or, gulp, Carmelo Anthony (USA) in the World Cup. – Rappler.com