TNT KaTropa rookie Roger Pogoy has cleared the air with Arwind Santos, saying he has apologized for the 'low blow' that incurred the ire of the San Miguel veteran in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.
The two Far Eastern University products were seen talking to each other during San Miguel’s 109-97 victory over TNT in Game Three on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Though he declined to comment further on the issue, the Gilas cadet, who was fined P30,000 by the league for the Game 3 hit on Santos, admitted he has reached out to the former league MVP.
“Wala na yun, no comment na ako. Nag-sorry na ako ... tapos na ‘yun,” said Pogoy.
However, Pogoy has even bigger problems to worry about as he ended up scoreless for the second straight game after exploding for a career-high 27 points in Game One.
In the past two games of the finals, Pogoy missed all of his 13 attempts from the field, including all six from three-point distance after making five of his nine attempts from beyond the arc in the opener.
“Siguro bad game lang siguro. Bawi na lang sa next game,” Pogoy added.
Pogoy attributed his struggles to the Beermen’s defensive gambit of taking the three pointer out of his game and forcing him to make plays off the dribble.
“Grabe lang sila mag-close out. Dati kasi pinapabayaan lang ako, ngayon grabe na sila mag-close out. May challenge na talaga. Kapag tumitira ako may challenge na talaga,” he said. “Pero maga-adjust na lang ako.”
TNT head coach Nash Racela insisted he’s not really alarmed by Pogoy’s struggles, saying the prized rookie can bring more to a game than just his scoring.
“Okay lang. Again, as long as he's making the right decisions, taking the shots that he needs to take. Kung open, ganun. If it doesn't go in, walang problema, ganoon talaga,” said Racela.
Pogoy echoed his coach's words.
“Basta kapag maglaro kasi ako ang mindset ko ay depensa. Sunod na lang yung offense, ganoon talaga parati ang mindset ko. (Kahit zero) basta magawa ko lang ang trabaho ko at saka manalo kami.”