Mark Barroca faked off Christian Standhardinger then made one dribble to the basket before draining a 15-footer at the buzzer, then he saw his teammates piling up on him on the floor.
With Barroca’s brilliant play to cap a 22-point game, Magnolia Pambansang Manok salvaged an 88-86 win over San Miguel Beer that sent the Hotshots to the threshold of a first PBA Philippine Cup championship in five years.
“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.
It was a classic win in their rollercoaster ride in the game marred by stunt by a streaker — in a Spiderman costume – entering the last three minutes of the game.
Somehow, the Hotshots lost momentum on the bizarre scene, losing a six-point margin (64-78) but regained their bearing in time, and pulled through just the same on Barroca’s game-winning shot.