BEAU Belga admited it will be a difficult task to retain his spot with Team Pilipinas in the next Fiba Basketball World Cup window, but assured he will be present if once again invited to join the national pool.
Belga has packed up his season with Rain or Shine owing to a plantar fasciitis but hopes to be fit in time for Gilas Pilipinas matches against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3, both at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Belga also said he will no longer play for Rain or Shine in its final game of the season against NLEX on Saturday.
“Wag na muna (maglaro). Sa Gilas na. Aabot naman. Next, next week, puwede na ako mag-ensayo,” said Belga, who played for Team Pilipinas in the Asian Games and the recent Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers window last September.
Belga said members of the pool from the recent national team stint will remain for the coming Fiba window, while adding a few more players including perhaps June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel and Greg Slaughter for Barangay Ginebra.
Fajardo and Slaughter were not available from the previous Fiba window due to injuries. The two has since recovered and have already played for their respective teams this conference.
“Sure siguro sa pool, pero sa line-up, walang sigurado doon,” said Belga. “Sinabi naman sa amin lahat kasama sa pool. Siguro madadagdagan ng ilan, si June Mar malamang.”
Belga admitted making it to the final line-up for the window will be difficult, given the talent at the disposal of national coach Yeng Guiao.
“Medyo bawas ng trabaho, nandito na si June Mar, may Greg pa. Kami ni Asi, magliliwaliw na lang,” Belga said in jest.
Turning serious, Belga said he has no problem with having a deep pool. “Oo, sabi niya (coach Yeng Guiao) lahat ng kasama sa pool nung huli, isasama pa rin. Mas maraming pagpipilian. Hindi mo rin naman alam, may playoffs, baka mamaya, may injury. At least, marami siyang option,” Belga said.
As for his injury, Belga said he is glad there is no need for an operation on his foot, which will allow him to suit up for Gilas.
“Pinahihilum ‘yung sugat. Walang operation. As of now, improving. Okay naman na. Sumasakit lang siya kapag matagal nakatayo at sobrang lakad. Pero okay naman,” Belga said.