PBA: Red-hot Pogoy helps TNT boot out NorthPort


Posted at Mar 15 2023 05:16 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2023 05:40 PM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) RR Pogoy connected six treys for Talk 'N Text as they eliminated NorthPort from playoffs contention, 134-110, in the PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the Philsports Arena.

Pogoy, who narrowly missed the finals of the PBA All-Star 3-Point shootout, finished with 22 points for the Tropang GIGA who played for the first time since participating in the East Asia Super League (EASL) Champions Week.

“One-point na lang sana advanced na 'ko sa finals ng shootout, so sabi ko kanina babawi ako. Buti na lang nanalo kami,” said Pogoy following their victory.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson topscored the Tropang GIGA, with 31 markers and added 11 rebounds and three assists.

Calvin Oftana chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists even as Kelly Williams added 12.

TNT coach Jojo Lastimosa was glad the team was able to shrug off the rust after a sluggish first quarter.

“First quarter, we were kind of rusty. I kind of expected that. I wasn’t really surprised. But the guys picked it up. ‘Yung depensa namin bumalik na. ‘Yung shooting namin, pumapasok na,” he said.

He was even surprised by their output in the second quarter.

"I didn’t even realize na we scored 47 points (in the second quarter)," said the TNT tactician.

TNT improved to 9-1, while NorthPort bowed out with a 3-8 record.

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