May 14, 2019

Magnolia coach Chito Victolero confident Mark Barroca will come back strong in Game 7

Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is confident Mark Barroca will make an impact in the deciding Seventh Game of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday after producing his lowest output in Sunday's Game 6 defeat at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

A model of consistency through five games in the series, Barroca was held to just six points on 3-of-10 shooting with five rebounds and the Hotshots lost to San Miguel, 98-86 in Game 6.

Barroca entered Game 6 with averages of 19.0 points on 51 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals.

Victolero, though, doesn't seem concerned by Barroca's production.

"Mark Barroca is Mark Barroca, he will come back strong on Wednesday," Victolero declared.

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The eight-year veteran has won two Finals MVPs in the 2014 Philippine Cup and last season's Governors' Cup.

He will play in his fourth Game 7 in the Finals but only his first since the 2013 Governors' Cup when the then-San Mig Super Coffee Mixers beat the Beermen when they were still known as the Petron Blaze Boosters.

His other Game 7 appearances came in the 2012 Commissioner's Cup when Magnolia (Formerly B-Meg) beat Talk 'N Text in classic overtime encounter and the 2012 Governors' Cup when they lost to Rain or Shine.