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Mark Barroca's game-winner swings series to Magnolia

Mark Barroca nailed a baseline jumper as time expired to lift the Magnolia Hotshots past the San Miguel Beermen 88-86 in Game 5 of the Philippine Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

Magnolia took possession with 13.2 seconds remaining and patiently worked the ball around before Rodney Brondial found Barroca in the left corner. Barroca pump-faked his way around Christian Standhardinger and hit the pull-up jumper as time expired.

Barroca tied his series-best with 22 points, spiked by three triples to go with five rebounds, five assists.

"I thank the Lord for giving me that chance," Barroca said.

San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo struggled for most of the game before finding his touch in the late stretch. Magnolia was able to limit Fajardo's touches in the first half, limiting him to only four attempts and no field goals.

Fajardo broke out with 13 points in the final quarter. He finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds.

"You really cannot contain him the whole game. In the second half, he got a lot of offensive rebounds," Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said.

Then Barroca happened.

"We're not able to execute the last few possessions. There was a lot of drama. I hope next game we will come out with a lot of energy because it's going to be a do or die for us," Beermen coach Leo Austria said.

Magnolia will attempt to end the Beermen's quest for a five-straight All-Filipino title on Sunday.

THE SCORES

  • 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.

EXTRA DRIBBLES

  • A costumed spectator ran onto the court with 3:06 remaining and bumped Fajardo at center court. Fajardo was shaken but did not come out of the game.

  • In trying to stop Fajardo the whole game, Rafi Reavis and Kyle Pascual fouled out while Ian Sanglang and Rodney Brondial each had five fouls.

NEXT GAME

Game 6 on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.