AT least on this night, Roger Pogoy showed where his loyalty is.
The shooting guard out of Cebu didn’t put to heart what coach Tim Cone told him at Gilas practice the day before TnT Katropa battled Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors Cup.
Like a deadly assassin on a mission, Pogoy went on with his task and proved to be a thorn in the Kings’ side before pulling off a 99-96 win Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pogoy exploded for 23 points and drilled 5-of-10 from the three-point region in a shooting performance that almost sapped the energy out of Cone, who was impressed with how the third-year guard came through in the clutch for the Katropa.
“What a shot by Pogoy. I told him why you’re on the national team,” said Cone of the Cebuano guard.
During the Gilas Pilipinas practice on the eve of the game at Upper Deck in Ortigas, Cone disclosed having an animated chat with Pogoy.
“I told him if he misses a few three-point shots, I will give him more playing time with the national team,” said Cone smiling.
“But he didn’t miss any, so he doesn’t get any extra playing time,” added the Ginebra coach. “So he’s out of luck.”
Trailing by as many as 14 early in the fourth, the Katropa suddenly found their range and exploded going home behind a 10-0 blast that tied the game at 92 down to the final 31 seconds.
It was Pogoy who drained the game-tying three from the corner on a feed by new acquisition Bobby Ray Parks.
“That was a great shot in the end by RR,” admitted Cone of that pressure-packed trey.
“They made a great job of closing in at the end. But truly, thankfully, we didn’t have to go into overtime.”