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Barroca prevails over Ramos in scoring battle as Star holds off Mariners

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—A few days after their alma mater won the UAAP Finals, former FEU King Tamaraws Mark Barroca and Aldrech Ramos engaged in an offensive showcase in a PBA Philippine Cup game on Sunday.

Barroca got good help late.

Alex Mallari and James Yap put up great clutch contributions to help Star beat Mahindra, 104-96, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mallari and Yap helped Barroca build the game-deciding 13-2 run that gave the Hotshots the win and put to waste Karl Dehesa's support cause for Ramos.

Star held an 87-80 advantage with 6:08 remaining, but Dehesa and Ramos erected a 14-4 rally to give Mahindra a 94-91 lead with 2:49 left. Dehesa fired three triples in the run.

Barroca, Mallari, and Yap joined forces in the final 2:23 for the 13-2 Hotshots blitz to escape the Enforcers' upset bid.

Barroca and Ramos each scored 26 points, but Mallari and Yap tallied 20 and 15 respectively to backstop Barroca.

Box Scores:

Star 104-Barroca 26, Mallari 20, Yap 15, Simon 11, Pascual 10, Taha 6, Pingris 5, Sangalang 4, Melton 3, Cruz 2, Torres 2

Mahindra 96-Ramos 26, Dehesa 24, Pascual 11, Canaleta 8, Guinto 8, Yee 8, Revilla 5, Digregorio 4, Hubalde 2, Alvarez 0, Pinto 0, Webb 0

Quarterscores: 24-18, 46-42, 73-69, 104-96

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