BOCAUE, Bulacan - Before the Philippines got eliminated in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup last Monday, Roger Pogoy pulled out every offensive arsenal he had in trying to take down Canada.
Faced with a must-win situation, Pogoy scored 10 points versus Canada. The Cebuano sniper was locked in, going 4-of-5 from two-point range in a stunning display of outside shooting.
But Pogoy's efforts ended up in vain as the Philippines lost to Canada, 20-19. The loss was a gut punch as Michael Linklater buried the go-ahead basket with 3.2 seconds remaining. Pogoy, and the rest of the team took the defeat particularly hard. They had their chances, but could not grasp the much-needed victory.
"It's really unfortunate that we lost to Canada because I was hoping it (the win) was for me but they took it," lamented Pogoy. "But we have to learn from that experience because we're the first-timers."
Pogoy's incredible shot-making ability did not go unnoticed, however. Canada's very own sharpshooter Steve Sir had high praise for the Cebuano.
"Good game! You played a good game. You're one good shooter!" Sir said to Pogoy.
"Thanks man, I want to be like you!" Pogoy replied.
Steve Sir is a legend in NCAA Division 1 basketball. To this date, he owns the highest three-point percentage in NCAA history at 46.9% when he played for Northern Arizona. He is first in the all-time three-point shooting list that includes NBA greats and veterans such as Steve Novak, Jason Kapono, Kyle Korver, and Ray Allen. Sir's incredible shooting landed him a spot in the 2016 NBA Summer League for the Milwaukee Bucks.
"I want to copy him because I saw that he had a good stroke," Pogoy said of the 35-year-old Canadian. "He's the all-time NCAA leader in three-pointers."
"He told me I'm also a shooter. He saw that I had a good form. He told me to keep it up," Pogoy added on his encounter with Sir. "I really won't forget this."
Pogoy and his teammates may have bowed out of competition but it's safe to say that this is just the beginning for Philippine 3x3 basketball.
"It's really unfortunate but that's the way it is," Pogoy said on their loss. "Somebody wins, somebody loses. We're first timers. We're still not used to 3x3. We have to learn from this tournament because there more in tournaments in the future."
As Pogoy made his debut in 3x3 competition, he already has someone he can emulate and look up to as a shooter.