PBA: Pogoy hopes for second shot at Gilas as shooting returns with TNT
Paul Lintag on Oct 03, 2019 01:59 PM
"Palagi ko sinasabi, magbigay talaga ako ng oras para ma-practice yung shooting ko. Sana nung World Cup ganun no?" Pogoy said. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Shooting was pretty bad for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, resulting to a last place finish.
As a whole, the national team shot just 25.2 percent from deep, making an average of a little over seven makes a game or a total of 36 triples in five outings.
In China, TNT's RR Pogoy shot 3/12 from deep. He actually only made eight shots in total in the World Cup.
Fortunately, shooting is good nowadays for national team players now that they're back in the PBA, and that includes Pogoy. In the win against Phoenix Wednesday in the 2019 Governors' Cup, RR shot 9/16 from the field for 22 points.
Pogoy also made 4/5 from three-point range. He couldn't help but wonder what could have been if he shot better in China.
"Palagi ko sinasabi, magbigay talaga ako ng oras para ma-practice yung shooting ko. Sana nung World Cup ganun no?" Pogoy said.
"Nakaka-disappoint kasi nung World Cup sobrang panget ng shooting ko tapos dito maganda," he added.
Aside from his TNT duties, Pogoy is still in the national team pool. The next tournament for Gilas is the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Pogoy wants another chance with the national team and if he makes coach Tim Cone's lineup, he looks to contribute a lot more.
"First time din kasi eh [World Cup]. Siguro mabigyan pa ng second chance. Sana makabawi," Pogoy said.
"Kung ma-lineup man sa SEA Games, maka-tulong naman," he added.
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