Hindi ako prepared -- Pogoy on accepting RoY award

Mark Escarlote on Oct 20, 2017 07:50 PM
Hindi ako prepared -- Pogoy on accepting RoY award
Hindi talaga ako prepared -- Talk 'N Text guard Roger Pogoy on accepting the 2017 Rookie of the Year award

It has been a cliché to hear from award winners that they didn’t expect their names to be called to accept their recognition.

Roger Pogoy wasn’t expecting to receive the most coveted award for rookies.

Heck, he wasn’t even properly dressed for the occasion.

The Talk ‘N Text player needed to borrow a navy blue jacket that barely fit from team manager Virgil Villavicencio during the presentation of the Rookie of the Year award in the 2017 PBA Leo Awards Friday night at the Big Dome.   

“Pasalamat ako kay Boss V, pinahiram niya ako (ng jacket),” said Pogoy, who came in the awards rite wearing a collared navy blue shirt, jeans and rubber shoes.

Although the awards rite doesn’t require winners to wear formal attire, it’s an unwritten rule to dress appropriately especially with the event shown on live TV.        

At least Pogoy has an excuse. 

“Hindi talaga ako prepared,” he said. “Hindi ko talaga alam.”

Pogoy helped the KaTropa to a semifinals appearance in the Philippine Cup and Governors’ Cup and a runner-up in the Commissioner’s Cup.

The Far Eastern University product had an average of 22.29 season statistical points at second spot among rookies behind Phoenix’s Matthew Wright. He garnered 2203 total points off votes from the media, players and the PBA.   

“Sobrang saya ko kasi yun nga, mahirap itong kunin pero nagpapasalamat talaga ako kay Lord dahil ibinigay niya sa akin ‘tong award na ito,” he said. “Di ko ma-describe parang kinakabahan na di ko alam anong feeling o masasabi ko. Di ko talaga ma-describe.”

He edged other freshmen who made an impact in their debut season for their respective teams in Jio Jalalon of the Star Hotshots, Kevin Ferrer of Barangay Ginebra, Wright and Reden Celda of Kia.

The award, Pogoy said, was a testament of all the hardwork he poured in his first year as a pro.

“Siguro parang resulta ito sa work hard ko. Kasi every ensayo kasi before and after practice nagi-extra (ensayo) ako eh,” he said.




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