The Best: The Mixers closed it out — plain and simple. After squandering their 17-point lead in the first half and then falling behind to begin the fourth quarter, the wards of coach Tim Cone buckled down to work and leaned on their star point guard to secure the sixth All-Filipino title of the franchise. Mark Barroca teamed up with Ian Sangalang and PJ Simon in the fourth quarter to turn a deficit into a 79-70 lead with about 7 minutes to go. Paul Lee and Beau Belga continued to keep RoS within striking distance with big shots in the dying minutes, but, again, Barroca rose to the fore and hammered the nails on the coffin as SMC annexed coach Tim’s sixteenth PBA title.
The Worst: Once again, Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao stole the show, leading a walkout early in the second period and then getting sent off the floor before the end of the game. Because of these, it stands to reason that coach Yeng and the Painters will probably be meted hefty fines, which isn’t at all surprising given their recent history. Some might even argue that the Painters still had a shot at stealing the match in the endgame had Guiao actually remained in the game and kept his cool. Oh well, at least he didn’t prance and dance on the sidelines like Jim Boeheim. Or, then again, maybe he should have.
Is Barroca the best now?: Given how he has been, until recently, the Mixers’ top scorer this conference, and now that he’s been named the Finals MVP, is it safe to say Mark Barroca has reached the top tier and has, in fact, become the league’s top point guard? That’s a little tough, of course, given how we still have guys like Jayson Castro, Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio to consider, but, man, Barroca has just been on a different level this season. He has been up and down, yes, but, generally speaking, he has delivered in the clutch for the Mixers. In this game, he scored 24 points, shooting 9/16 from the field and 4/5 form the line while also grabbing 3 rebounds, handing out 5 assists and getting 2 steals. His season averages so far are: 12.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.3apg, 2.0spg, and 32.0 EFF. The only PGs with better EFF ratings are Castro and Mercado. - Rappler.com