DESPITE being on the losing end, rookie Roger Pogoy was proud to see two of his former Far Eastern University teammates come through with significant contributions and emerged victorious in their respective PBA debuts on Wednesday.
The Cebuano guard made mention of Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, who easily made their presence felt for Blackwater and Rain or Shine, respectively, in their first game as pros.
Belo played 32 minutes and was a rebound short of a double-double in the Elite’s 94-87 victory over Phoenix. The former UAAP Finals MVP finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Tolomia meanwhile, suited up for 15 minutes and came away with 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the Elasto Painters’ 101-87 win over Pogoy and the TNT Katropa Texters.
The 24-year-old combo guard from Minglanilla, Cebu also did well for the TNT franchise with nine points and three rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
“Siguro sobrang blessed kasi first game pa lang namin okay naman na 'yung pinakita namin,” he said. “Siyempre very proud ako sa kanila.”
The trio played key roles in the Tamaraws’ championship run to the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last year.
From someone used to playing alongside Tolomia at the FEU backcourt for several years, Pogoy admitted feeling a bit weird going up against his former college buddy.
“Oo, nanibago ako na kabantayan ko siya kanina,” he said.
Following the game, it was back to normal for the one-time Tamaraw teammates. Pogoy hitched a ride with Tolomia on his way home as he admitted he has yet to buy his own car.