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    Pogoy back with a bang as TNT blasts Blackwater in Antipolo to stretch win run

    Mar 9, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    ANTIPOLO CITY - TnT Katropa finally paraded a complete lineup and proceeded to demolish Blackwater, 127-89, to stretch its winning run in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at the Ynares Center.

    The Katropa welcomed back ace guard Roger Pogoy from sickbay and the Team Pilipinas stalwart delivered 28 big points as TnT won for the third straight time and improved to 5-3 overall.

    Pogoy scored eight straight points in a 14-0 run by TnT to open the fourth quarter and blow the Petron Saturday Special game apart, 104-72.

    "Galing siya sa sakit, but he came out strong and ready to play," said coach Bong Ravena of Pogoy, who was down with a flu after coming back from the national team's campaign in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and missed TnT's 100-92 win over Rain or Shine also at the Ynares Center last week.

    Pogoy had 12 points in the fourth period, which he capped by firing back-to-back three-pointers and scoring a dunk off a breakaway.

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    The personal scoring run by Pogoy was part of a record 26-0 run by the Katropa to start the fourth quarter that gave them their biggest lead at 116-72.

    In all, TnT outscored Blackwater, 31-0, stretching back from the final minute of the third quarter all the way to the 4:48 mark of the final period when Mike Digregorio broke the long silence of the elite with a three-pointer to make it 116-75.

    Ginebra's 32-0 blast during Game 5 of the 1991 First Conference finals against Formula Shell is the longest unanswered run in the 44-year history of the league, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

    The 38-point rout equalled the worst loss in Blackwater franchise history after suffering a 123-85 blowout against Rain or Shine during the 2015 Governors Cup.

    Jericho Cruz added 20 points including 11 in the final quarter, while Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes had 17 and 14 for the Katropa, who remain on track of earning a top two berth going into the quarterfinals.

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    "I think we have a chance, if ever maka three wins pa, we still have a chance at the top two," added Ravena, whose team still has to face NorthPort, Alaska, and Columbian Dyip in its last three assignments.

    Digregorio finished with 20 points to show the way for the Elite, who never led the entire game as they fell to a 2-7 record and on the verge of elimination in the season-opening conference.

    Allein Maliksi was the only other player to finish in double figures for Blackwater with 13.

    The scores

    TnT Katropa (127) - Pogoy 28, Cruz 20, Rosario 17, Reyes 14, Trollano 11, Semerad 9, Taha 8, Heruela 6, Casino 5, Carey 4, Williams 2, Castro 2, Bono 1.

    Blackwater (89) - Digregorio 20, Maliksi 13, Banal 9, Al-Hussaini 8, Belo 8, Sena 6, Jose 6, Desiderio 5, Sumang 4, Javier 4, Dario 3, Cortez 2, Tratter 1, Eriobu 0.

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    Quarterscores: 19-11; 56-45; 90-72; 127-89.

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