ROGER Pogoy felt Ateneo guard Adrian Wong had a makeable layup in the final seconds of Far Eastern University's 74-72 win which ended on Mac Belo's putback at the buzzer.
FEU got a lucky break in the endgame when Wong, at least a step ahead of Pogoy in the transition, missed a layup while also trying to fish a foul on Pogoy with around seven seconds to go.
That led to another Tamaraws fastbreak which Belo capped by grabbing the rebound off a Mike Tolomia and hitting the gsme-winning follow-up just in time.
“Kasi libre na talaga siya tapos binangga niya ako kaya na-off-balanced siya,” said Pogoy, reflecting on the momentous play. “Nasa isip ko na talaga na hahabulin ko na kahit ano mangyari basta hindi lang ako foul."
When asked if Wong had a chance to convert it, Pogoy said: “Oo, kaya niya ‘yun.”
Wong, a rookie guard who had brought the Blue Eagles back into the game in the fourth quarter in tandem with Kiefer Ravena, said he felt there was contact in the play but acknowledged the referees were not inclined to call a foul in such situation.
“There was contact, but the refs aren’t going to call that. We all know that,” Wong said.
As for the disappointing ending, Wong said, “When they (Tamaraws) came down, they tipped it in. Stuff happens. It was a tough loss.”
The loss spoiled an impressive effort by Wong, who sparked Ateneo's comeback in the second half. He finished with 17 points for the Blue Eagles.
Wong, however, has vowed to come back strong, saying that the defeat will be a motivating factor for the Blue Eagles next season when they play without Kiefer and fellow senior Von Pessumal.
“This loss hurt us a lot. I feel like we are going to be hungry next year, I mean real hungry,” said the Canada-raised guard.