Defense still a focus for Pogoy despite biggest offensive explosion yet

Paul Lintag on Feb 12, 2017 10:35 PM
Defense still a focus for Pogoy despite career outing
Pogoy exploded for 22 points built around six treys in Game 3 Sunday, allowing the flagship MVP franchise to seize a 2-1 series lead against San Miguel.

RR Pogoy picked a great time to record his PBA career high.

With TNT locked in a tight semifinal series against two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer, the former FEU Tamaraw gave the KaTropa some much-needed lift to take control of the best-of-7 affair.

Pogoy exploded for 22 points built around six treys in Game 3 Sunday, allowing the flagship MVP franchise to seize a 2-1 lead despite dropping the first game by 13 points.

The Gilas cadet was literally the most valuable player on the floor for TNT, he was a team-best plus 17 in almost 34 minutes of play, and the bulk of his scoring came in the crucial fourth quarter, tallying nine points. He also added seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

What's even better, Pogoy did his thing all while being focused on the other side of the floor in trying to contain the Beermen's always potent offensive-minded guards. Alex Cabagnot in particular.

"Yun palaging sinasabi ni coach Nash na at first talaga, depensa ako, second na lang yung offense," Pogoy said.

"Buti naman nag-improve na yung opensa ko, pero ini-improve ko talaga first is yung depensa. Yun ang role ko sa team eh," he added.

Back to his career-high in points though, not the one to beat his own drum, Pogoy deflects credit for the finest offensive performance of his young PBA career.

He says he's just the recipient of the respect being given to Jayson Castro aka the best point guard in Asia.

"Pumapasok lang yung mga tira ko sa labas kasi nagco-collapse sila kay kuya Jayson," Pogoy said.

"Lahat ng lusot ni kuya Jayson collapse sila kaya libreng-libre ako," he added.

 

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