The Coffee Prince is Finals' Most Outstanding Player, Gilas spot now very possible


Mark Barocca was not consistent in the Finals not like in the semifinal series against Ginebra but when it mattered most, the Coffee Prince delivers.

The Coffee Prince saved the best for last in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup finals and proved to doubters that his name deserved to be mentioned as one of the PBA's best point guard along with Gilas' stars such as Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio, Asia's best point guard Jason Castro and " The Mighty Muse" Jimmy Alapag.

Barocca now deserved to be named as one of the Gilas reserves for the FIBA- World Cup in Spain, August this year.


Mark Barroca, who was guarded entirely by prolific defender and Gilas ace defender Gabe Norwood in Game 6, still exploded for 24 points in the series-clinching Game Six to lead the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers to a 93-87 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

That included an explosion by anchoring 10 of his team’s last 12 points as the Mixers finally closed out the hard-fighting Elasto Painters.

For doing the heroics, the FEU standout was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, his first major individual award in the PBA.

A team that features stars such as James Yap, Marc Pingris, and Peter June Simon, Barroca never backed down and even emerged as the Mixers’ top weapon this conference. He was instrumental in keeping the team’s head above water with his stellar play as San Mig Coffee surged back from a dissmal 1-5 start in the Philippine Cup.

After averaging just seven points in the first three games, Barroca caught fire in the final three games, where he scored 17 points per contest.



The Coffee Prince is Finals' Most Outstanding Player, Gilas spot now very possible The Coffee Prince is Finals' Most Outstanding Player, Gilas spot now very possible Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/27/2014 Rating: 5

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