ROGER Pogoy has been thriving in his off-the-bench role early in the season, providing the firepower for a TNT side that won back-to-back games last week in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Last season’s Rookie of the Year played like a grizzled veteran for the KaTropa, who hammered the Blackwater Elite and sister team Meralco, respectively, to grab a share of third spot with the Alaska Aces.
Pogoy averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal in TNT’s two-game win streak to grab the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week.
The young Cebuano hotshot was on target against the Elite, firing eight of his 24 points in the third canto to help turn a seven-point deficit into a 65-57 lead heading to the last period.
TNT sustained its hot-shooting from there to end up on top, 92-83, last Wednesday with Pogoy hitting 10 of his 14 attempts from the floor. The former Far Eastern University standout also added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in a solid all-around effort.
Four days later, Pogoy joined forces with teammate Troy Rosario in dismantling Meralco, 99-81.
The 25-year-old Pogoy banged in 15 points, grabbed four rebounds, added two steals and issued an assist as the Katropa improved to 3-2 overall.
Pogoy beat his teammates Rosario, Jayson Castro and RR Garcia, KIA’s Rashawn McCarthy and Glen Khobuntin, Magnolia’s Rafi Reavis, Alaska forward Vic Manuel and Sonny Thoss, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos as well as GlobalPort’s Sean Anthony for the weekly citation.