May 27, 2020

Pogoy preaches reap what you sow

.FOR Roger Pogoy, the Filipino proverb 'Kapag may itinanim, may aanihin,' couldn't have been more appropriate.

The TnT Katropa guard admitted adjustments in his daily diet and work ethic allowed him to further improve his game and remain as one of the rising stars in the PBA today.

Pogoy said active consultant Mark Dickel had a say on it, especially in terms of team nutrition where the Katropa undergo a less-carb diet under the supervision of dietician and nutrition coach Jeaneth Aro.

"Binago yung diet ko, nagpa-gaan ako ng timbang, bawas-bawas ako sa rice, and more on healthy foods ang kinakain ko," Pogoy disclosed in the recent episode of the PBA Kamustahan podcast.

And then, there's the extra work as the Cebuano native out of Far Eastern University always makes it a point to come early in practice.

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"Alas 9:00 yung ensayo pero 6:30 pa lang nandoon na kami ni (coach) Mark, nag-e-extra na kami," he said. "Siguro doon ko nakuha yung ganda ng laro ko."

The 2017 Rookie of the Year was one of the Katropa's reliable contributors during their 2019 campaign that saw the team made the playoffs of the entire season, including a finals stint in the Commissioner's Cup.

Pogoy averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists, while averaging a high 40 percent from three-point range for the season.

He actually stepped on the gas in the Governors' Cup where he submitted numbers of 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while shooting a whooping 47 percent from downtown as TnT made it to the semis only to lose in five games against sister-team Meralco.

But no doubt in Pogoy's mind, the change in both his attitude and approach to the game made him an even better player.

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"(Mas) kumpiyansa ako kasi alam ko ini-ensayo ko ito araw-araw," he said. "Sa awa ng Diyos, gumanda ang laro ko."

"May bunga talaga pag magtatanim ka," added Pogoy, a regular with the Gilas Pilipinas program. "May aanihin ka talagang bunga." (RG)