The Star Hotshots relied on Andy Mark Barroca’s scoring tactics to score a 104-96 win over the Mahindra Enforcers on Sunday and claim their third victory in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Barroca, a 5-foot-10 playmaker from Far Eastern University, piled up 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the field along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals while guard Alex Mallari poured in 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the field to hand the Hotshots a 3-6 win-loss record.
“Hopefully we’re back after hard fought game,” said Star Hotshots rookie coach Jason Webb during the post-game interview. “Victory won’t be possible without the commitment of the players. These players are so lucky that they have the talent. When I took this job, I realized that everyday is a pressure day.”
“We look at it on a positive way rather than pressure. We look at it as an opportunity. I don’t know what the right term would be,” he added. “There were a couple of games on that four-game losing streak that could go on our way. When we give our best we have a chance to win.”
“We are going to learn that making stops is more important.”
Two-time Most Valuable Player winner James Yap tallied 15 points, while Peter June Simon added 11 points and Jake Pascual had 10 points to help the Hotshots snap a four-game losing skid that also revived their playoff bid.
Forward Aldrech Ramos shot 10-of-14 in the field to lead Mahindra’s offense with 26 points in addition to his 12 rebounds, one assist and one block while teammate Karl Dehesa had 24 points, four rebounds and five assists.
The Enforcers suffered their back-to-back losses that earned them a 2-7 win-loss record.