Mark Barroca drained a clutch jumper with no time left on the game clock to give Magnolia the lead and the victory over defending champion San Miguel, 88-86, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven championship series, Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Barroca faked off Christian Standhardinger, made one dribble, took the shot then fell down to the floor after he swished it to push his team to within a win away from dethroning the Beermen and regaining the Philippine Cup crown they last won in 2014.
“Kahit na noong up kami ng 13 points, sabi namin delikado pa rin kami dahil grabeng team ito (San Miguel). Pero nag-stay positive lang kami, hanggang dulo positive kami,” said Barroca after the game which was marred by a ‘Spider-Man’ streaker who ran the full length of the court while flashing a hand-written message and bumped June Mar Fajardo in the process.
The incident, which happened with a little over 3 minutes remaining in the payoff quarter and the Hotshots up by 6 points, 84-78, caused a delay of the game as Fajardo was left jarred after colliding with the fan in center court.
The game resumed and the Beermen continued with their fightback from being down by 13 midway into the 4th. Standhardinger cut the deficit to a solitary point and after Jio Jalalon gave the Hotshots some breathing space with 2 crucial freebies, Terrence Romeo knocked down a booming triple to knot the count at 86-all.
Barroca and the Hotshots had the last laugh, however, as he came through with the game-winner.
“It was a miracle shot. When they made some runs, ang sabi ko lang sa kanila we need to weather the storm,” said a beaming Magnolia coach Chito Victolero afterwards.”
Game 6 is set on Sunday, May 12 also at the Big Dome.
Barroca paced the Hotshots with 22 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Ian Sangalang had 18 markers and 14 rebounds.
Fajardo, the newly crowned 2019 Philippine Cup BPC, led the way for the Beermen with 21 points and 22 boards.
Magnolia 88 – Barroca 22, Sangalang 18, Lee 12, Jalalon 8, Reavis 8, Brondial 8, Dela Rosa 7, Melton 3, Pascual 2, Ramos 0.
San Miguel 86 – Fajardo 21, Lassiter 20, Santos 18, Romeo 11, Standhardinger 8, Cabagnot 5, Ross 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.
Quarterscores: 27-18, 49-36, 69-63, 88-86.