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“Bata, tingin ko puputok ka ngayong gabi.”
That was what Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Alfrancis Chua told forward Mac Baracael before the Gin Kings’ crucial match against the Meralco Bolts on Sunday.
It was a curious prediction for Chua, considering that Baracael had struggled all tournament long in his first conference with Ginebra. The former Far Eastern University forward had scored in double-digits just once in his previous 11 games for the team — 14 points in a blowout victory in Barako Bull.
But Baracael was not about to make a liar of his coach. Taking advantage of mismatches at the small forward spot with Meralco going with a three-guard rotation, he finished with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and added six rebounds for good measure.
He did it in the clutch, too. Baracael scored 10 points in a crucial fourth quarter run that gave Ginebra a cushion to withstand a late rally from the Bolts.
It also came at a critical juncture in the elimination round, with Ginebra missing key players Mark Caguioa and Kerby Raymundo from its rotation.
For Chua, Baracael’s explosion after struggling for most of the conference underlines a key trait of Ginebra that has allowed the team to turn around its Commissioner’s Cup campaign. After losing their first four games, the Gin Kings have won seven of their last eight matches.
“Basta kami, laro lang ng laro,” said Chua.
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Maganda talagang bumitaw ng bola si Mac Baracael swabe ang dating.sana mag tuloy2 na yan confidence lang bata para lalo kang mapansin ng buong barangay.
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ang ganda ng laro ni Mac Baracael, may lahing Ginebra rin ito, pati na si Rob Labagala.. maganda ang laro nila.. sanay tuloy tuloy na ang inyong magandang laro...congrats BGSM!!!
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give sunday salvacion a credit, sya nagpahirap sa ginebra iba talaga pag may lahi kang ginebra... congrats BGSM great win galing mo coach al napepredict mo kung sino puputok. congrats macBAc and RobLa... God Bless our Ginebra... sana tuloy tuloy na hanggang sa Finals...
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Sa wakas nagkaron din ng breakout game si MacBac! magaling talaga to, enough PT lang talaga kelangan para tumaas ang kumpyansa.. katakot yung tres ni Salvacion..
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Sabi ko na malaki ang maitutulong ni Macbac.. Pero grabe talaga si Itay Sunday! Whew!
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magandang senyales to, magiging deep ang bench natin lalo na kapag bumalik na si mark, hindi na masyado ibababad ni coach si mark kasi alam naman nya may mga mag ccontribute off the bench...
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