TROY Rosario and RR Pogoy are confident of TNT’s chances to finally end their title drought in the PBA with the moves the KaTropa made in the past few months.
Rosario and Pogoy feel that the KaTropa are now ready to seriously challenge for the crown consistently with the recent acquisition of Poy Erram and Ray Parks that made the team younger moving forward.
“Sa mga nangyaring trade, nadagdagan kami ng height. May panapat na kami sa mga big guys ng ibang teams. Medyo bata pa kami,” Erram told 2OT.
For his part, Pogoy said it was unfortunate that the 2020 season was postponed since he felt good about the vibes surrounding the KaTropa during the offseason.
“Maganda na sana ensayo namin papasok ng all-Filipino. Nagkapaan na kami. Nung pumasok si Rayray, saglit lang kami magkasama. Kapaan muna. Ang hirap. Nung nag-practice na kami papuntang all-Filipino, maganda na sana, excited na kami maglaro, matagal na kaming mag-ensayo kasama si Rayray. Sayang lang dumating ‘yung COVID,” said Pogoy during the same podcast.
TNT hasn’t won a PBA crown since the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup under Jong Uichico. The KaTropa has since made the finals twice including in 2019 when they lost to San Miguel.
Pogoy felt last year’s Commissioner’s Cup was the best chance for the team to win the title with do-it-all import Terrence Jones.
“Sa totoo lang, akala ko ‘yun na talaga eh. May pantapat kami kay June Mar tapos Terrence Jones ‘yun. Akala ko ‘yun na. Hirap na hirap ‘yung San Miguel nung una. Sayang lang, ang daming mali na kaya sanang baguhin,” said Pogoy.
Rosario also felt bad about the loss in the finals, particularly in Game Two when TNT lost in double overtime, 127-125. Rosario missed free throws in the crucial stretch, and didn’t play in the later part of the match after incurring his sixth foul even after hitting key threes that extended the duel with the Beermen.
San Miguel won in six games.
“Nasasayangan ako sa Game Two. Kung nakuha namin ‘yun, tuloy tuloy na ‘yun. Breaks of the game lang ‘yung Game Two tapos nanalo pa kami ng Game Three. 3-0 na sana. Siguro may plano sa amin,” said Rosario on the forgettable Game Two.
The KaTropa were unable to get back in the finals in the next conference due to injuries, even with the arrival of Parks.
“Before naman nagpunta si Ray, hindi na maganda kasi doon na-injure si Jayson. Pagpasok niya, pressured siya na mag-contribute agad. Sabi nga niya nung nag-three straight losses kami pagdating niya, kinausap ako sabi niya, sinisisi niya sarili niya na baka ako nakakasira ng momentum niyo.”
“Sabi ko naman sa kanya, bago ka pa dumating, medyo shaky na kami kaya wag mo sisihin sarili mo. Ngayon, mahaba haba na ‘yung preparation. Nakapag-adjust na siya,” he said.