Apr 15, 2019

Mark Barroca says Hotshots must find a way to win sooner than later

Mark Barroca could only hope he and the rest of the Hotshots have enough energy left in their tank to stage a comeback and possible turn their fortunes around in the PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals.

Magnolia dropped the first two games in the best-of-seven series and unless the Hotshots find away to win Game 3 Tuesday, chances are they could get swept by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Elasto Painters won Game 1, 84-77, and had a surprisingly easy time in a 93-80 blowout of the Hotshots in Game 2 Sunday.

And to think that ROS dominated both games without center Raymond Almazan and guard Maverick Ahanmisi because of injuries is quite mind boggling.

Whatever the reason is, Barroca said Magnolia must find ways to turn things around sooner than later.

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"Kailangan lang mabalik yung fire namin kasi parang nawawala yung depensa namin," Barroca said.

Apart from the lack of defense, the sudden disappearance of Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang hurt Magnolia the most.

Coach Chito Victolero tried to go to his bench in Game 2 but no one clicked.

"Siguro nai-scout nila kami ng maigi," said Barroca. "Lahat kami parang hirap na hirap. Hirap din kaming pumuntos, hirap kaming mag-execute. Parang alam na alam nila yung gagawin namin so hopefully maka-adjust kami." (JT)