PBA: Mark Barroca came on from the bench in Magnolia’s win over Ginebra

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MANILA, Philippines—Veteran guard Mark Barroca still starred despite coming off the bench in Magnolia’s big win over rivals Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.

Thriving as a substitute, Barroca led all the locals with 21 points from 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes.

“Me and the coach talked before the game and he told me my time and minutes would be adjusted so I came on from the bench. In my early games, I was still adjusting but now, I’m getting on with it. I’m also being aggressive because in the first two games we weren’t too aggressive,” he said in Filipino.

The 36-year-old Barroca had a productive night 8/12 from the pitch and also had two steals to help. Hotshots scored 118-88 against Gin Kings.

“That’s my mentality, I need to defend and contribute offensively for our second group,” Barroca said.

Barroca scored nine points alone in the crucial second half, where Magnolia took a 59-37 lead at the break.

“I’m very proud of my players because they really took on my challenge, especially this guy, from the bench he gave us energy. It’s good because he’s so motivated because it’s his anniversary,” said Barroca coach Magnolia Chito Victolero.

Victolero also commended Hester, who has led the Hotshots to consecutive wins since replacing Erik McCree.

“Hester is also a huge factor for us. He changed the pace and tempo of our game. Without Ian, at least now we have the right person in the position, which creates a lot of opportunities for our little ones,” said Victolero.

Hester dominated with 28 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists as Magnolia improved to 2-3.

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