Roger Pogoy is off to a strong start so far in the PBA Philippine Cup, but that hasn’t translated to any wins yet for TNT.
After opening the season with 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Ginebra, the former FEU gunner followed it up with another terrific 30-point, 12-rebound effort versus Phoenix last Friday to lead an undermanned KaTropa side.
Unfortunately, they fell in both those contests.
“Sayang nga. Maganda naman sana yung laro namin eh. Nung first half di pumapasok tira namin pero maganda yung depensa. Nung second half naman, pumasok na tira namin pero parang nag-relax kami sa defense. Isang shoot na lang sana panalo na pero ganun talaga,” Pogoy said after their loss to the Fuel Masters.
The problem isn’t on Pogoy, but might be in their unfamiliarity with team consultant Mark Dickel’s offensive schemes. In their first two games, TNT has only hit on 32 percent of their shots and 22.5 percent of their threes.
Just call it growing pains for a team that’s still finding their footing.
“Nagle-learn pa kami sa new system ni coach. Siguro process naman yan, hindi naman kaagad panalo,” he explained.
At least Pogoy won’t have to do a lot of adjusting. Save for a bit more polishing on his personal offense—he’s still making only 36 percent from the field—he doesn’t have a lot of tinkering to do, especially after heading into the season with a lot more confidence in his shot.
“Siguro kumpiyansa rin ako. Mas kumpiyansa ako ngayon kasi palagi niya (Dickel) ako sinasabihan na i-tira ko lang. Basta open, tira ko talaga,” he said.
TNT will clash with another winless team in NLEX later today, 7 p.m, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Winning that would be a great way to break out of a slump, but for Pogoy and the rest of the KaTropa, they still have a long conference ahead of them to learn and make the necessary adjustments.
“Kukunin na lang namin yung mga positive sa last two games namin, kasi kung iniisip mo [0-2], lalo ka mada-down eh. Move on na, kasi mahaba pa naman yung tournament,” Pogoy said.