BINAN, Laguna - Even San Miguel Beer star Arwind Santos was impressed upon seeing Mac Belo wreak havoc on Tanduay in an 84-76 win in Game One of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday.
Belo exploded for 30 points, 27 in the second half and nine in the fourth period, to help the Accelerators pull away and move a win away from wrapping up the best-of-three championship series.
For Santos, fellow Far Eastern University product Belo is already a PBA-ready cager, more so after witnessing his steallar performance against the Rhum Masters from ringside.
"Maganda laro ni Belo," said Santos, who showed up to support his fellow FEU boys Belo, Mike Tolomia, and brother-in-law Russel Escoto.
"PBA-ready na siya talaga. Dati pa naman, rookie year niya pa lang kita mo na pwede talaga siya kasi matapang 'yung bata," he added.
Belo, the unassuming star from North Cotabato, was elated to hear the praise from Santos. But he was quick to play down the credit and said there's more work to be done.
"Thank you sa comment niya," Belo said, "pero kailangan pa rin magtrabaho."
Indeed, Belo and the Accelerators have plenty of work left to do when they face the Rhum Masters anew in Game Two on Tuesday at the Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.
"Kailangan naming ituring na do-or-die game (Game 2). Yung energy namin ngayon sana mahigitan pa namin going to next game. Hopefully makuha namin championship," said Belo, whose team also won the championship in the Aspirant's Cup.
"Nandito na kami so kailangan namin i-double effort namin," he added.