MANILA, Philippines – All is well between former Far Eastern University standouts Arwind Santos and Roger Pogoy, after they cleared the air following Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals between San Miguel and TNT.
Pogoy was memorably thrown out of Game 2 of the Finals last Friday after committing a flagrant foul that saw him hit Santos between the legs. The younger player's action prompted Santos to unleash a stunning post-game interview, saying: "Galit na galit na galit na galit ako. Ba't niya ginawa 'yun? FEU pa naman siya."
[I am very angry with him. Why did he do that? It hurts more because we're both from FEU.]
Santos got a bit of revenge in Game 3, when he blocked Pogoy's three-pointer to end the first half and scored 10 points off the bench in SMB's 109-97 win.
"Nag-sorry naman siya," Santos said of Pogoy after the game. "Ako naman, hinihintay ko lang 'yung sorry niya. Hindi naman ako nagtatanim ng sama ng loob sa mga kapwa kong player, tapos taga-FEU rin siya."
"Alam ko na baka naguluhan lang siya," he added.
[He already apologized, and I was just waiting for him to say sorry. I don't bear grudges, especially with my fellow FEU players. Maybe he just got confused.]
Pogoy himself offered no comment about the situation, except to say that he has apologized to Santos. "Wala na, tapos na 'yun [It's over and done with]," said the rookie, who was scoreless for the second straight game.
Pogoy has gone cold from the field after torching SMB for a career-high 27 points in Game 1 of the series, and Santos offered a bit of advice to the younger FEU alumnus in the midst of his struggles.
"Si Pogoy, isa rin siya sa inaasahan ng TNT," said Santos. "Siguro, nasa kanya 'yan, kung paano siya maga-adjust. Kailangan alamin niya kung paano i-handle ang ganyang pressure."
[TNT is also relying on him. He knows he needs to adjust, so he needs to figure out how to handle the pressure.]
Game 4 of the Finals is on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
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