RR Pogoy embellished a career-best 38 points with 10 three-pointers as TNT KaTropa defeated Barangay Ginebra, 104-96, on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Cebuano gunner shot 10 of 18 from three-point distance in a fiery scoring show as the KaTropa improved to 5-1 (win-loss) and joined Blackwater and NorthPort atop the team standings.
Pogoy joined Allan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, and Marcio Lassiter as the local players to hit 10 treys or more in a PBA game, according to PBA statistics head Fidel Mangonon.
The KaTropa were still trailing, 79-69, early in the fourth quarter when Pogoy waxed hot, tying the game at 79 with a trey before adding three more, all from the right corner, as TNT pulled away, 96-86, with 4:59 left.
“What a big win for us. What a way to come back. Credit to all the players. They really played well and stayed in the game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena.
Pogoy also set a new franchise record among local players for most threes hit in a game, surpassing Jayson Castro’s nine, according to Mangonon.
He also came up one shy of the 11 set by TNT import Jerod Ward in 2001 against Ginebra.
Pogoy's career game overshadowed a triple double by TNT import Terrence Jones, put together 17 points, 14 rebounds, 16 assists, and six blocks for the KaTropa. Castro added 11 points and seven assists.
Justin Brownlee had 29 points and 17 rebounds but couldn't save the Kings from reeling to their second straight defeat. Ginebra fell to 2-3.
TNT 104 – Pogoy 38, Jones 17, Castro 17, Trollano 12, Rosario 11, Taha 5, Heruela 2, D. Semerad 2, Carey 0, Reyes 0, A. Semerad 0.
Ginebra 96 – Brownlee 29, Tenorio 18, Slaughter 11, J. Aguilar 11, Devance 10, Ferrer 7, Thompson 7, Mercado 3, Mariano 0, Caguioa 0.
Quarters: 22-22; 48-49; 69-77; 104-96.