PBA: Pogoy eases into expanded role with TNT

Paul Lintag on Jan 23, 2019 10:54 PM
PBA: Pogoy eases into expanded role with TNT
In three games so far for the KaTropa, Pogoy is averaging 23.7 points per game with outputs of 21 points, a career-high 30, and 20 points in TNT’s first win of the Philippine Cuup Wednesday against NLEX.

If it’s not quite obvious just yet, RR Pogoy has taken a bigger role in the entirety of TNT’s offense for the new PBA season.

In three games so far for the KaTropa, Pogoy is averaging 23.7 points per game with outputs of 21 points, a career-high 30, and 20 points in TNT’s first win of the Philippine Cuup Wednesday against NLEX.

Pogoy, who has always identified himself as a defensive stopper first, says that he’s been easing into his new role slowly.

He admits to being a little nervous with his expanded resposibility.

“Unang-una, parang kinakabahan nga ako sa role na yun kasi FEU pa lang, defensive player na talaga ako eh, second na yung offense,” Pogoy said.

“Ngayon, parang tine-take ko as a challenge sa sarili ko yun kasi binigyan talaga ako ng play ni coach para lang sa opensa ko,” he added.

An expanded role on offense doesn’t necessarily mean results and TNT as a whole struggled to pick up wins so far, going 1-2.

Still, Pogoy has proven effective at least personally and proof is his scoring output to start that the All-Filipino.

The three-year guard credits the extra work he’s been putting in practice that has helped him eliminate the initial nerves he felt in his new role.

“Unang-una, sa practice talaga. Doble yung ensayo ko. Minsan nagbe-break sila pero ako nage-ensayo, kami ni coach. Para hindi ako kabahan sa totoong laro na, kasi alam ko na inensayo ko yun eh,” Pogoy said.

“Ano lang, hintay-hintay lang ako kay kuya Jayson. Kasi alam mo naman, kaya niya lahat eh. Ako abang-abang lang ako sa kanya. Pag nahihirapan na siya, dun na ako. Parang ganun. Hindi lang naman ako, kaming lahat yun,” he added.

 

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