RR Pogoy picked the best time to explode for TNT KaTropa. With prolific import Terrence Jones shackled for most of the game, Pogoy caught fire on the way to a career-high 38 points to lead TNT to a 104-96 win over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pogoy shot 10 triples, five in the first half, and became only the fourth player to do so after Allan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, and Marcio Lassiter. He dropped 16 points in the fourth period as the KaTropa held off Ginebra for their fifth win in six games.
TNT now shares the top spot with Blackwater and NorthPort, while Ginebra slid to a 2-3 card.
"He caught fire today. He was just tremendous out there," said TNT head coach Bong Ravena.
Jones, meanwhile, struggled offensively in the first half but tried to help in other ways. He became a facilitator while doing his best to get his rhythm back, finishing with a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 16 assists to go with six blocks.
He was also instrumental in the victory, hitting big shots in the homestretch including a three-point play with 2:12 remaining, 104-92.
"He created shots for others especially Roger. We're surprised his output was not as much as the past games but we still won. That's what's important," Ravena said of the former NBA player.
The win also spoiled a 29-point, 17-rebound outing by Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. LA Tenorio added 18 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.
TNT 104 - Pogoy 38, Jones 17, Castro 17, Trollano 12, Rosario 11, Taha 5, D. Semerad 2, Heruela 2, A. Semerad 0, Carey 0, Reyes 0.
Ginebra 96 - Brownlee 29, Tenorio 18, Slaughter 11, Aguilar 11, Devance 10, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, Mercado 3, Caguioa 0, Mariano 0.
Quarterscores: 22-22, 48-49, 69-77, 104-96.
After being on the receiving end of a cheap shot from LA Tenorio, Jones retaliated in the ensuing play by hitting Tenorio from the back while the latter was driving baseline.
Pogoy's previous personal record was 31 points, in a game against Phoenix on June 2.
TNT vs. Meralco on June 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra vs. San Miguel on June 16 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.