Christmas vacation came early for Purefoods Star Hotshots on Thursday.
A lot of cage fans are expecting the four-time PBA champions to go for a fifth straight title in the Philippine Cup, but Meralco had other plans.
With new coach Norman Black at the forefront, the Bolts’ successfully spoiled the Hotshots’ championship party plans, turning it int vacation plans instead.
Mark Barroca talked about how Tuesday night’s painful 12-point defeat to the Bolts showed that they are humans after all.
Barroca said, after all, they are humans, and they do get tired, especially after winning four straight PBA championships dating back to Oct. 2013, starting with the Governors Cup.
But the 5-10 guard out of Far Eastern University did say, that painful setbacks like the one Purefoods Star had at the opening round of the playoffs, only meant to strengthen them as a team.
With the unexpected early playoff exit, Barroca intends to spend Christmas with his wife Ruselle and baby Natnat in the new house, which he said, God blessed them. It’s a house, which actually our Victory U-Belt church mate and civil engineer Jek Halili interior designed and reconstructed this year.
Purefoods is actually trending during the course of the game against Meralco, showing the popularity and social media pull of the team that, for more than a decade, was led by PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio.
But with this loss, Purefoods Star fans are obviously saddened.
Setbacks in sports, mirror the setbacks we experience in life.
Some people can afford to shrug off some setbacks – like you overcooked the rice you’re cooking, or you scored just 1 out of 10 in a quiz.
But there are also setbacks that, at times, are hard to accept once reality hits – just like an untimely departure from a loved one, a shocking medical prognosis or, just like a news we got from our friend today, that they just lost their baby.
Setbacks are no doubt, painful, because usually, the feeling is like, “it’s the end of the world”.
But in reality, when we look at setbacks in the perspective of God and the Bible, we’ll see how He intends to accomplish His purpose in the midst of our feeling of abandonment or disappointment.
If you are facing setbacks today, I hope and pray that you will be encouraged and inspired to move forward as you read a powerful nugget from Romans 8:26-28 – 26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Setbacks are like storms, they don’t last forever.