by Ernest Hernandez
So far, the only game where Roger Pogoy became a factor was the first game of the 2017 PBA Commissioners Cup Finals. The former FEU player produced 27 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and converted five three-pointers.
Things turned sour for Pogoy in the next two games, unable to score a single point. His absence has hurt TnT allowing San Miguel Beer to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
“Siguro, bad game lang, siguro. Bawi na lang next game,” said Pogoy after his Game 3 performance.
Pogoy was a marked man for the Beermen after game 1. Adjustments were on the rookie, a slight reminder that Pogoy still had a long way to go in the PBA.
“Grabe sila mag-close out,” said Pogoy as he described SMB’s defense. “Dati pinapabayaan lang nila ako. Ngayon grabe sila mag-close out. Kapag tumira ako, may chuma-challenge na talaga.”
TnT head coach Nash Racela stood up for Pogoy, someohe he has handled when both were in the college ranks.
“As long as he is making right decisions, taking the shots that he needs to take kung open – if it doesn’t go, walang problema,” said Nash
Racela is confident that Pogoy will make his presence felt once again. He singles out the case of Marcio Lassiter, who had his share of struggles.
“It is the same with (Marcio) Lassiter, he was struggling and taking the right shots. Today, he contributed and started hitting shots.”
Jayson Castro would need Pogoy to come out with his A-game. However, “The Blur” knows he still needs to give the rookie advice especially in the biggest stages of the PBA.
“Alam naman natin na rookie at the same time unang finals niya,” said Castro. “Ine-encourage ko rin sila na maging focused lang. Even sa akin nanyari na naging forced ang turnovers ko.”
Despite a bad game, Pogoy still managed to contribute 10 rebounds and do his part on defense.
“Trabaho ko talaga sa team is depensa tsaka yung mga little things – rebounds, depensa. Kaya bonus lang sa akin kung maka-iskor ako ng malaki,” said Pogoy.
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