Pogoy on giving Gilas a 100-point lead: Di ko alam na galing sakin yun
Paul Lintag on May 12, 2017 10:16 PM
The man responsible for breaking the 100-point barrier for the Philippines was a literal rookie, both in the PBA and the national team.
Manila, Philippines --- With the Gilas Pilipinas-Myanmar game pretty much over in the first quarter, the anticipated attraction was whether or not the Philippines can take a triple-digit lead.
At the end of an incredible display of basketball dominance by the Philippines, Gilas Pilipinas did end up getting that triple digit advantage.
In fact, the Filipinos won by 107 points.
The man responsible for breaking the 100-point barrier was a literal rookie, both in the PBA and the national team.
However, despite making the basket the drew the most cheers in a not-so-packed Araneta Coliseum here, RR Pogoy insists he had no idea he just gave his team a commanding 140-40 lead late in the fourth period Friday night.
"Di ko alam na galing sakin yun," Pogoy said of the basket for the 100-point lead before he went ahead and told a couple of reporters he was just doing the right thing.
"Basta sabi lang ni coach gagawin namin yung tama --- wag namin biruin yung laban. Di ko talaga naisip yung 100," the TNT rookie added.
Aside from getting the honor of giving Gilas a 100-point lead, Pogoy did more meaningful things in his official debut for the national team.
The former FEU Tamaraw scored 11 of his 17 points in the first period, sparking a 17-0 run by the Philippines that immediately took the fight out of the visitng Burmese.
That outburst merely added to Pogoy's already sky-high confidence.
"Palagi nila akong sinasabihan [coaches], pag open, tira ka lang," Pogoy said, who fired three treys in that opening salvo.
"Kahit si coach Jimmy [Alapag], laging sinasabi na pag open na, huwag nang ia-atake, may attackers [naman] na kasi kami eh. Pag open, tira na lang," he added.
While playing as a rookie for tha national team comes with its own set of pressures, Pogoy is sticking with the system and just plays according tp how he normally plays in order to maximize his potential.
With the Philippines being the overwhelming favorite in this regional showcase, that's really the only thing to do.
"Di ko na iniisip [pressure]. Kasi alam naman natin na pag inisip mo, mawawala yung laro mo," Pogoy said. "Ang iniisip ko na lang, maglaro ng maayos, yun na lang."
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