ANTIPOLO — For Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia, the clutch long jumper of TNT rookie Roger Pogoy that pierced through the heart of his wards was nothing but luck.
“Di totoo sinasabi niyan, swinerte lang yan,” interrupted Garcia tongue-in-cheek, as the game hero talked to the mediamen moments after scoring a huge 105-102 victory at the jampacked Ynares Center.
But whether it’s just luck, as Garcia jokingly claimed, or anything else, Pogoy will take every opportunity to give TNT the win just like what he did two games back to his mother squad.
“Nag-scramble lang yung depensa tapos yun nalibre ako, tinira ko, ayun na-shoot naman. Buti di (nila) na-shoot,” recalled Pogoy as his last shot made up for his turnover in the previous possession.
The Cebuano gunner could only heave a sigh of relief for drilling the jumper that was downgraded to a two-point basket.
But if there’s one big reason behind his confidence of taking big shots in just his rookie season, it’s all because of his recent Gilas stint.
“Dagdag kumpiyansa talaga kami nung napasama ako sa Gilas,” said Pogoy, who dazzled in his promotion to the senior national team in the SEABA Championship.
Pogoy finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds while also making the life harder for his idol James Yap on the defensive end.
His sticky defense proved to be effective as Yap couldn’t find his shooting rhythm down the stretch that even made his night better.
“Maganda sa feeling, ginagaya ko rin siya, yung one hand one hand niya. Idol ko si James Yap,” said Pogoy with a grin.
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