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Pogoy lifts TNT past Blackwater

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Reigning Rookie of the Year Roger Pogoy sparked a 29-14 run in the third quarter to carry Talk N’ Text past Blackwater Elite, 92-83, last night in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Down by 10 coming into the third quarter, Pogoy took the cudgels for the Katropa until veteran Jayson Castro took charge in the last period, 92-83.

“Yung first half nahirapan kami, maganda yung depensa ng Blackwater,” TNT head coach Nash Racela admitted. “Good thing in the second half our shots started to fall.”

The Elite were up 43-36 at the half before Ryan Reyes tied the game via fastbreak layup, 51-all.

Both teams continue to exchange buckets until Troy Rosario capped a mini 7-0 run, 60-53.

In the fourth quarter, the Elite saw their deficit increased by 16 points, 73-57, having no answer against TNT’s fluid offense.

Pogoy scored 24 points while Castro dropped 17 markers. JP Erram led Blackwater with 20 points.

Both teams now have an identical 2-2 win-loss record.

TNT’s next match will be against the Meralco Bolts while Blackwater will next face GlobalPort BatangPier.