IN VINES: Barroca hits miracle shot, Purefoods wins
MANILA, Philippines – Just when Purefoods needed it, spry guard Mark Barroca delivered.
He knocked down a no-look overhead heave, putting back a Denzel Bowles backboarded triple as the shot clock expired to give Purefoods a much-needed 97-89 lead with 47.5 ticks remaining.
The playmaker finished with just 4 points on top of 5 assists but his lucky shot turned back a rampaging Talk 'N Text and sealed the 100-94 win for Purefoods in game 1 of the best-of-5 semifinals series on Wednesday, April 1.
Import Bowles put on a monster performance himself with a career-high 49 points, 29 of which he scored in the first two quarters. He also had 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the win.
The Hotshots led by as much as 21 points in the second half before the Texters stormed back into the game and inched to within 84-83 on a Ranidel de Ocampo corner trey 8:38 minutes into the fourth.
But Purefoods went to main men Bowles and James Yap to extend the lead once more.
Talk 'N Text import Ivan Johnson scored to trim Purefoods' lead to three but Bowles answered quickly.
Towards the end of the third, Talk 'N Text were already within 4-point range but Allein Maliksi scored a basket and PJ Simon went on a solo 5-0 swing to re-establish an 11-point advantage entering the fourth period.
Purefoods looks to take a 2-0 series lead while Talk 'N Text aims to even things out when game 2 happens Monday, April 6. – Rappler.com