Mark Barroca

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Mark Barroca
No. 14 – Star Hotshots
Position Point guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1986-04-25) April 25, 1986 (age 31)
Zamboanga City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
College Far Eastern University
PBA draft 2011 Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Shopinas.com Clickers
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present B-Meg Llamados / San Mig Coffee Mixers / San Mig Super Coffee Mixers / Purefoods Star Hotshots / Star Hotshots
Career highlights and awards

Andy Mark C. Barroca (born April 25, 1986) is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Star Hotshots in the Philippine Basketball Association. He currently wears the number 14 to imply the birthday of his wife.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Barroca, along with 33 other rookies led by Smart Gilas teammates JVee Casio, Chris Lutz, Marcio Lassiter, Mac Baracael, Jason Ballesteros, and Dylan Ababou applied for the 2011 PBA draft. On draft day, he was taken 5th overall by the Shopinas.com Clickers, who immediately dealt him to the B-Meg Llamados in a three-team trade that also involved the Llamados' Don Allado and fellow rookie draftee Brian Ilad, and the Barako Bull's Elmer Espiritu.

During his rookie season, he did not spend a lot of time on the floor with guards like Roger Yap, Josh Urbiztondo, and Jonas Villanueva all leading the Llamados. Averaging just 17 minutes per game, he was learning from the likes of Johnny Abarrientos and Olsen Racela, now serving as Tim Cone's assistant coaches who are both considered among the greatest backcourt generals in the PBA. He claimed his first PBA championship with the Denzel Bowles-powered B-Meg during the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Tides would change however, those three veteran point guards exited. Yap was released, then Urbiztondo and Villanueva were dealt to Barako Bull. That paved the way for Barroca to earn the starting point guard spot in his sophomore season. As the main playmaker of the team, he led the Llamados (now playing as San Mig Coffee Mixers) to win the 2013 PBA Governor's Cup at the expense of the Petron Blaze Boosters.

Barroca played close to 34 minutes of average per game in the 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup and evolved into a clutch player down the stretch. He led the Mixers to their 11th championship by winning the 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup, at the expense of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Because of his efforts, he was awarded as the PBA Press Corps-Papa John's Pizza Finals MVP.[2]

During the 2014 PBA All-Star Weekend, he added another highlight to his breakout year by winning the Obstacle Challenge, dethroning fellow FEU alumnus and Air21 point guard Jonas Villanueva.[3]

PBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of September 16, 2016[4]

Season-by-season averages[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 B-Meg 62 17.4 .402 .277 .744 2.3 1.1 .7 .2 5.4
2012–13 San Mig Coffee 64 29.2 .404 .302 .729 3.7 3.5 1.4 .1 8.7
2013–14 San Mig Coffee 71 30.6 .396 .233 .746 3.8 3.3 1.6 .4 10.7
2014–15 Star 45 28.5 .420 .343 .766 4.2 2.6 1.2 .1 10.4
2015–16 Star 36 31.0 .401 .356 .782 4.5 3.9 1.2 .2 10.2
Career 278 27.0 .404 .300 .751 3.6 2.8 1.2 .2 8.9

International career[edit]

Barroca went on to become part of Rajko Toroman's Smart Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team in 2009, together with his other teammates from FEU, Mac Baracael and Aldrech Ramos. He immediately showcased what he was capable of doing of, scoring 36 points in an exhibition game against PBA's Burger King. When Smart Gilas participated in the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup where the team finished in second place after the elimination round, he averaged 8.2 points and 2.7 assists in 17.2 minutes of play.

Along with the best amateur athletes, he went all over the globe, training in several camps in Serbia, Australia, United States, and Dubai while playing in prestigious tournaments like the Asian Games, FIBA Asia Champions Cup, FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, Dubai International Basketball Tournament, and the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China that culminated his 3-year stay with Smart Gilas.

Personal life[edit]

Barroca is married to former Ruselle Ann Alinea, and has one daughter, named Natalie Faith.[5] Their love story was featured in an episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.[6]

He idolizes Manny Pacquiao and even played with him in a friendly basketball game during his visit to Pacquiao's mansion in General Santos City.[7]

Controversy[edit]

Since the day he turned pro, Barroca has been a subject of controversy in the online basketball world. Aside from being involved in the alleged game-fixing during his college days, fans from other teams hurled below-the-belt comments regarding his looks and dark complexion.[8] He was also criticized for being too close for comfort with Sports5 TV courtside reporter Erika Padilla during the dugout celebration after B-Meg won the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup.[9] The incident happened when Padilla interviewed him, and while both of them were drenched with water, Mark, being too excited due to the adrenaline rush, unintentionally put his arm on the TV reporter's chest and kissed her on the cheek. The video of that incident went viral online, which caused furor over the netizens, and accused Mark of being too "chancing" on Erika. He has since apologized to Padilla, which the latter accepted and considered it a non-issue.

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