MARK Barroca consoled himself with a personal feat on the night Magnolia saw its season come to an end.
The veteran guard was presented with a special plaque by the PBA for playing in 300 consecutive games, making him as one of only three active players to have suited up in such a number of outings.
The award was given during the halftime of the Katropa-Hotshots quarterfinals game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the presence of commissioner Willie Marcial and Magnolia team manager Alvin Patrimonio, himself considered one of the league's so-called 'Iron Man.'
Barroca currently ranks second behind all-time owner LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra as the player who suited up in 300 consecutive games or more. Phoenix guard RK Jazul is at third place.
Unfortunately, Barroca and the rest of the Hotshots lost to the Katropa, 96-97, and failed to defend its Governors Cup title.
The Hotshots failed to protect an 18-point lead including 10 in the final four minutes to end their season on a disappointing note.
Barroca, adjudged Finals MVP when Magnolia won the Governors' Cup championship last year, finished with nine points, three rebounds, and two assists. (RG)