Roger Pogoy continued to look comfortable firing away from long distance on Wednesday, where he kickstarted a scoring party in the fourth quarter of TNT's 123-118 win Phoenix.
Pogoy drained three of the KaTropa's eight final frame 3-pointers within the first four minutes to help his side break away from the Fuel Masters, who had stayed close all night long.
The sweet-shooting guard finished with 22 points on a 4-for-5 clip from range.
"I just woke up on the right side of the bed," he said.
Phoenix coach Louie Alas pointed to the team's "major breakdown" in defending Pogoy off flare screens at the top of the key as the culprit in the loss.
"That happened three times," Alas said as his Fuel Masters fell to 1-3 in the standings. "Easily we could have switched on him earlier, but we weren't able to do that. I told them it's because of their lack of concentration."
Pogoy said consultant Mark Dickel drew up the play to give import KJ McDaniels some leeway down the paint.
"That play was specifically for me so that I'd be able to give our import some space. Everyone kept doubling him, so I was given a chance to get free," Pogoy said.
Alas hopes to contain more of those plays in the future, but admitted that TNT ran that set play better than anyone else in the league.
"Maybe the technique, the mechanics are wrong. We need to go back to the drawing board, study those because everyone draws up those plays. It just so happened that TNT is the best at those. They're really good. We'll do better next time," he said.
Pogoy, meanwhile, just wants to continue finding the touch that he lost in the World Cup. He's now 8-for-13 (61.5 percent) from downtown in three games after connecting on just 25 percent of his shots from the same spot in Gilas Pilipinas' disappointing run in the FIBA World Cup.
"I wish that happened in the World Cup instead," joked Pogoy in Filipino.
TNT regained its share of the lead after improving to 3-0 but Pogoy wants the team to keep aiming higher.
"We're 3-0, but that's nothing. We always say we're gunning for a championship. One game at a time. We're happy we haven't lost yet, but we're taking it one game at a time always," he closed.