RR Pogoy isn’t called “The Wolverine” for nothing.
He was not supposed to play that evening, but Pogoy still suited up, brandishing the characteristics of a wolverine known for its enhanced physical capabilities and powerful regenerative ability.
Pogoy’s desire to help his team win compelled TNT Tropang Giga coach Bong Ravena to bring him on the floor and it worked as he helped carry his squad to victory no. 4.
His heroics allowed the Tropang Giga to stay on top of the standings in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup inside the bubble at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena in Angeles City, Pampanga Monday evening.
A sprained ankle was supposed to keep Pogoy in the sidelines.
But his big plays helped key in the Tropang Giga’s to a 110-91 stopping of the Phoenix Super LPG.
And this earned the praise of Tropang Giga coach Bong Ravena.
“For us coaches, RR is “The Wolverine.” He was supposed to rest. But he really wanted to play. And this is really an important game,” said Ravena.
The Tropang Giga struggled as Phoenix got off to a strong start, and were behind by as much as 14 in the first half.
Pogoy went on to dish out 30 points, including five three-pointers during his time on the floor.
Ravena said they finally got their acts together, and managed to slow down Phoenix with their defense.
“It was our defense that pulled us through,” added Ravena.
Pogoy’s presence inspired his teammates to pitch in, with Poy Erram coming up with 7-of-12 for 18 points, and Simon Enciso making 13, and Bobby Ray Parks tallying 12.