As Star heads to an early vacation, veteran playmaker Mark Barroca hopes the Hotshots could rediscover their identity in the offseason in order to come out stronger in the 42nd PBA season.
The Hotshots capped their miserable campaign for the season with a 108-97 defeat to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Friday night.
Just two years removed from a Grand Slam finish, Star, under rookie coach Jason Webb, wound up with a 12-24 win-loss card, the franchise’s second worse record since its 9-27 ledger in 2003.
“Siguro praktisin namin yung identity namin, kung ano talaga yung identity, huwag kaming aayaw dun kasi yun yung key na maka-playoffs,” Barroca told FOX Sports.
Asked what he feels about the possibility of a revamp this offseason, the 5-foot-10 Barroca said he is leaving that move to management.
“Di ko na alam yun (possible revamp). Hindi ko na kontrol yun. Management na bahala dun. Basta ibigay lang yung best kasi ito yung love namin (basketball),” he said.
However, the former Far Eastern University point guard is confident that the Star core of veterans that included him, James Yap, Marc Pingris, and PJ Simon will still lead the way, along with some of the team’s young bloods next year.
“Andyan pa rin (veteran core), tapos yung mga iba sana ma-insipire rin sa next conference, pupukpok kami,” vowed Barroca. – Jason Mercene
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