Better late than never for Pogoy’s breakout

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 03, 2015 10:19 AM
Better late than never for Pogoy’s breakout
PROVING HIS WORTH. RR Pogoy scored half of his 14 points in the last five minutes to give FEU both the momentum and the lead they would keep all the way to the championship.

With Mac Belo as team captain and Mike Tolomia as top gun, RR Pogoy is without a doubt the frequently forgotten member of Far Eastern University’s Big Three.

When University of Sto. Tomas was taking control of the decisive game of the entire UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament last Wednesday, however, it was the Cebu native that claimed the ball for his own and fired the big shots that gave the Tamaraws both the momentum and the lead they would keep until the final buzzer.

Pogoy scored all but three points in the 10-1 run that turned a six-point deficit into a 63-60 lead including what could very well be the shot of the series – a cold-blooded triple over the outstretched arms of Growling Tiger captain Kevin Ferrer that retook the lead for good.

When the buzzer sounded, the final score read: FEU 67, UST 62. While no one is denying that Mac Belo deserves the Finals MVP for his consistently strong effort throughout the series, no one could also deny that the Tamaraws’ long-range bomber deserves every bit of the honor – just for taking and making those clutch shots even.

Individual award or not, what cannot be taken away from Pogoy is how he has proven himself worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Belo and Tolomia. In his fifth and final collegiate campaign, he was no longer Morayta’s best role player and instead just one of its best.

Always amiable, coach Nash Racela kidded when asked about his prized recruit from Cebu, “It’s about time he had his breakout season.”

For his part, Pogoy said he just wanted to leave everything he had on the court. As he said, “Nasa isip ko lang na last ko na so ibubuhos ko na lahat.”

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