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Pogoy’s career-high 45 leads TNT past Alaska

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Talk about starting the PBA bubble off with a bang.

Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro turned in big-time performances for an undermanned TNT side that escaped Alaska 100-95 for the first win of the 2020 Philippine Cup restart Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.

Pogoy wasted no time putting on a show by firing a career-high 45 points built around 10 triples before ceding the spotlight in the final minutes to Jayson Castro (28 points), whose heroics late in the game helped the Tropang Giga complete a comeback from 17 down against the Aces.

The duo were the only players to score in double figures for TNT, which dealt with the exit of the debuting Poy Erram, who was ejected late in the third quarter, and Troy Rosario, who fouled out after just 23 minutes. Ray Parks also missed the season opener with a calf strain.

“We’re lucky we won this game. We barely survived this game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena after the game.

TNT’s offense fired blanks in the first quarter and made only five of 20 shots before letting Alaska take a 32-15 lead early in the second frame.

In search of answers, the Tropang Giga found one in the form of a red-hot Pogoy.

After going scoreless in the first 12 minutes, Pogoy exploded for 21 points on 5-for-9 threes in the following period. That included eight straight to give TNT