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Pogoy savors maiden PBA title after multiple finals heartbreaks

Delfin Dioquino
Pogoy savors maiden PBA title after multiple finals heartbreaks

TEARS OF JOY. Roger Pogoy turns emotional as he wins his first PBA championship.

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Roger Pogoy finally breaks through as TNT clinches the prestigious PBA Philippine Cup crown following a five-game conquest of Magnolia

Roger Pogoy let the waterworks flow as soon as the final buzzer of Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals sounded.

At long last, Pogoy is a PBA champion.

The fifth-year guard captured his maiden PBA championship as TNT disposed of Magnolia in five games to clinch the prestigious Philippine Cup crown on Friday, October 29.

“It feels so good because I waited five years for this,” said Pogoy in Filipino. “Thank God that he gave me this.”

Pogoy endured several finals heartbreak – three to be exact – before finally breaking through this season.

The Tropang Giga reached the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup finals in his rookie season, but Pogoy and TNT fell prey to San Miguel in six games.

Pogoy and the Tropang Giga suffered the same fate at the hands of the same Beermen crew in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup finals.

TNT then advanced to the 2020 Philippine Cup finals only to get crippled by injuries to its stars as it succumbed to Barangay Ginebra in five games.

Pogoy pulled out all the stops to help put an end to years of futility after chalking up all-around numbers of 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists in their title-clinching Game 5 victory.

He concluded the finals as the second-best scorer for the Tropang Giga with an average of 11.6 points on top of 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals, just behind Finals MVP Mikey Williams, who normed a team-high 27.6 points.

As Pogoy got a taste of a PBA championship, he is craving for more.

“All my teammates are fun to be with,” Pogoy said. “I’m really excited for our upcoming [games] together.” – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.