Oct 21, 2021

Barroca urges Hotshots to move forward after huge Game 1 loss

MARK Barroca is quick to put behind the forgettable showing Magnolia had in a Game 1 rout at the hands of TnT Katropa in the PBA Philippine Cup finals.

As one of two longest serving player with the Hotshots, the 35-year-old Barroca has experienced everything one had to go through in a title series, and the sooner the team gets over its 88-70 loss in the series opener, the better.

"Siyempre, pag matalo ka ng isang game and hindi ka makapag-move forward, mahirap sa isang player," said the veteran point guard.

"Hindi ka makapag-adjust kapag hindi ka makapag move forward," added Barroca. "Yung kumpiyansa mo bababa."

Personally, Barroca himself didn't have a good Game 1 outing, finishing with just four points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field and five rebounds.

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Collectively, the Hotshots struggled big time as they found themselves down from a huge hole from where the team failed to recover, even trailing the Tropang Giga by as many as 32 points late in the third period.

Magnolia also shot a woeful 27 percent from the field, which now stands as the all-time lowest field goal ever in PBA finals history according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

But as Barroca stressed, there's no used of crying over spilled milk.

"Adjustment. Kailangang naka-focus ka lagi," said the Magnoli guard.

"Sa experience ko, every time win or lose, yung confidence mo dapat nandun pa rin. Move forward lang. Kung natatalo, adjust. Ganun lang." (RG)

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