THE seething rivalry between San Miguel and TnT Katropa has obviously added to the hatred the two champion franchises of the PBA have for each other.
Guard Roger Pogoy said this could be the reason why the first rematch between the Katropa and Beermen since their heated Commissioner’s Cup Finals last month proved to be a little too physical for comfort.
“Siguro sa rivalry na rin,” said the TnT rookie, who was involved in one of the physical plays that marred San Miguel’s 97-91 win Wednesday night in the Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pogoy got into a tussle with veteran guard Chris Ross late in the first half that sparked a shouting match and shoving incident between players of both teams. Ross and Pogoy were whistled for technical fouls along with Jayson Castro, who angrily confronted his San Miguel counterpart.
“Tina-trash talk niya ako, tapos trash talk ko rin siya,” said Pogoy of the incident with Ross.
The episode with Ross was the second for Pogoy against a San Miguel player.
During the recent finals, he also got the ire of another veteran in Arwind Santos – a Far Eastern University alumnus like Pogoy – who was hit by the Cebuano guard in the groin during Game Two of the title series.
Pogoy was fined P30,000 for the infraction and later personally apologized to the former league MVP.
Ross knows the future is bright for the TnT rookie that he advised him to just concentrate on playing the game.
“The kid will get better. He’s a good player, that’s what I told him. So don’t get involved with anything else,” said the Fil-Am guard, a two-time Philippine Cup Finals MVP.
The 24-year-old gunner from Cebu downplayed what happened between him and Ross, saying everything was just part of the game.
“Wala, natural lang yun. Konting banggaan, natural lang yun sa basketball,” he said smiling in an obvious attempt to show he’s not taking things personally.
So does he expect future meetings with the Beermen to be just as heated?
“Siguro,” he said. “Hindi pa natin masabi.”
Pogoy managed to finish with 10 points despite shooting a pedestrian 3-of-10 from the field against the team attempting to become the next to complete a rare grand slam. He also added five rebounds but committed three turnovers in the team’s first loss in two outings.
The Cebuano guard said he’ll still play for TnT in the game against Alaska on Friday prior to leaving with Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday for the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.