Roger Pogoy of TNT has been consistent offensively in the first three games of PBA Philippine Cup Finals. (PBA Images)

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY–Hungry to win his first-ever PBA championship, Roger Pogoy has taken it upon himself to carry the scoring load for TNT in their ongoing Philippine Cup Finals collision against Barangay Ginebra.  

Pogoy has been dropping 25.0 points built on a 43.75-percent shooting from the field including a 32-percent clip from beyond the arc in over 39 minutes of play in three games so far for the Tropang Giga in the best-of-seven title series. 

The 28-year-old guard, who was drafted in 2016, fired 18 points on a 32-percent field goal shooting to lead TNT’s balanced offense in their dominant 88-67 victory over Ginebra in Game Three on Friday night at the AUF Arena. 

With the Gilas Pilpinas stalwart at the helm, the Tropang Giga dodged a massive 0-3 hole and instead cut their series deficit down to 2-1. 

“Gusto ko lang talaga manalo ng championship ngayon so ginagawa ko ‘yung best ko. Buti maganda ang naipapakita ko,” said Pogoy, who is also averaging 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the Finals. 

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The former FEU gunner has been on fire especially with top scorer Ray Parks Jr. still sidelined after aggravating his left calf strain injury in their 100-94 overtime loss in Game One. 

The Minglanilla, Cebu hotshot erupted for 38 points spiked by five triples in Game Two but his scoring explosion was not enough to save TNT from suffering another heartbreaking defeat, 92-90. 

Still, he was able to sustain his fiery offense to help the Tropang Giga pull one back in the series even without the statistical frontrunner Parks

Coach Bong Ravena said that Parks remains questionable to play in Game Four on Sunday, but Pogoy is more than ready to fuel TNT’s attack again. 

“Every game naman palaging sinasabi ni coach sa amin na mag-step up. Malaking kawalan talaga si Rayray sa amin pero wala kaming magagawa dyan so kailangan naming mag-step up lahat para manalo,” he said. 

Pogoy said they just need to stay cool and composed heading to Game Four to avoid another collapse which they went through in the first two encounters. 

“Same mentality lang talaga, dapat steady pa rin lalo na sa fourth quarter kasi doon kami nagco-collapse nung first two games. Buti talaga nakabawi kami this Game Three.” 

Source: Manila Bulletin (