The Hotshots finished off the Road Warriors with a 96-89 win in Tuesday’s sixth game of their semis series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to finally end the drought marred by three semi-final defeats in all three conferences last season.
Magnolia advanced to its first finals since the 2014 Governors’ Cup when the team formerly known as San Mig Super Coffee completed the fifth grand slam in PBA history with Barroca among the major stars of the Tim Cone-mentored squad.
This time, Barroca will try to help the team return to the winner’s podium against the San Miguel Beermen, who are attempting to capture a fourth consecutive Philippine Cup crown.
“Naiyak nga ako kanina e,” said Barroca. “Sobrang pasalamat ako nakabalik kami sa finals, almost (four) years na rin kaming hindi nakapasok. So masaya kami ngayon nakapasok kami. Sana, hindi lang itong finals lang, di pa naman tapos ang misyon. Meron pa kaming lalaruin, yung San Miguel.”