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RR Pogoy rues missing out on playing Game 4 behind mammoth crowd due to broken finger

RR Pogoy will miss the rest of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals and the SEA Games after fracturing his right pinkie. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—With 16,203 fans in attendance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum here, RR Pogoy would have loved playing for TNT in Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals on Sunday night.

However, Pogoy was in street clothes with his right pinkie finger heavily bandaged as he sat out the game and, as further revealed, the rest of the series.

Pogoy broke his finger while trying to steal the ball from Ginebra's Christian Standhardinger in Game 3 on Friday night.

"Disgrasya talaga nung pag-sundot ko kay Christian," Pogoy said.

He still got to finish Game 3 despite the Tropang Giga loss, but according to him, it was forced.

"Pinilit ko talaga. Kahit noong third quarter, sabi ko, 'Game! Pasok pa rin ako.' Kahit sobrang sakit, pinilit ko. Pero every hawak ko ng bola, kung sa 1-10, 10 na talaga yung sakit. Yun pala, bali na pala yung pinkie ng right hand ko. Tinapos ko pa rin yung game, pero after nung laro, doon ko na nararamdaman talaga na konting galaw, sobrang sakit na," Pogoy further said.

He then rued, "Gustong-gusto ko sanang maglaro. Kita ko pa lang nung crowd kanina, ang sarap sanang maglaro."

The six-foot-two gunner then confirmed that he will undergo surgery to repair the broken finger.

"Bukas [Monday], magpatingin kami sa hand specialist para tignan kung dito or sa abroad magpa-surgery," Pogoy said.

Pogoy did not specify how long he will rest his hand, but according to Tropang Giga head coach Jojo Lastimosa and forward Calvin Oftana, who once had a broken finger too, the recovery period usually lasts from 2-3 months.

That means Pogoy could only get to practice again by July or August, also implying that he has to sit out next month's Southeast Asian Games as well for Gilas Pilipinas, which he confirmed.

"Yung SEA Games, wala na. Di ako aabot sa SEA Games," Pogoy said.

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