WITH the way he was shooting, it was unlikely he was going to be given the ball in the dying moments. Roger Pogoy himself admitted he was losing confidence.
Still the opportunity came and Pogoy was glad to redeem himself and give Phoenix the Game Three win on Thursday and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five PBA D-League Aspirants Cup title showdown.
Phoenix trailed, 82-84, when Pogoy, 0-for-6 from beyond three-point arc up until that point, became the unlikely hero with the 27-foot shot with 2.3 seconds left on the clock.
“Nawawalan na nga ako ng kumpiyansa dahil ‘yung mga tinitira ko nung first to third quarters, hindi pumapasok. Blessing na lang talaga ni Lord dahil last na tira, pumasok pa,” said Pogoy.
Pogoy said he was left with no choice but to take the shot from way downtown with the clock running out.
“Wala na eh. Running down na ’yung clock, kailangan ko na itira,” said Pogoy.
Now Pogoy and the Accelerators hope to end the series ends in Game Four on Tuesday and prevent CafeFrance from mounting a comeback.
“Siguro kung kayang tapusin, tapusin. Sobrang galing nila saka matatanda na,” Cruz said before clarifying his statement.
“’Yung mga players ng CafeFrance, minamama talaga kami,” he said.