BEAU Belga came to practice for the Asian Games with the mindset that he can be cut from the final roster of the national squad.
Belga has been cut twice in recent times in Gilas Pilipinas, first in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship and then in 2014 during the Fiba World Cup so he knows the experience.
“Hindi pa rin sigurado kasi hindi pa naglalabas ng final 12. Hindi mo alam kung ano mangyayari,” Belga insisted then.
Belga though is already assured of a slot in the Asian Games after head coach Yeng Guiao said the 10 shoo-ins so far in the roster includes Belga as well as his five other teammates with Rain or Shine.
Belga said he was surprised, but also honored that he got the nod to play for the national team.
“Una, nabigla,” said Belga. “Dito ko uli na-experience kung gaano kapagod magpa-ensayo si coach Yeng. It looks easy pero you need to do it in a proper way lalo na ngayon na gahol na sa oras. Focus muna,” said Belga.
The Philippine squad is bracketed in Group D with China and Kazakhstan for the Asiad. While Filipino sports officials hope the squad would surpass the seventh-place finish it got in 2014, Belga is looking at the goal of the team make past the first round first.
“Sa totoo lang, ayoko lang ma-out sa first round. ‘Yun lang ang ano ko. Makapasok sa second round. Hindi mo alam kung ano chance mo. Ako lang, ma-out ka, ibig sabihin nun, uuwi na kami,” said Belga.
Belga also welcomed the members of the national squad that are not from Rain or Shine. He also assured the Elasto Painters are approachable and can be asked in relation to the system.
“Sa tingin ko, kapag nag-jell ‘yung iba, mas madali na sa amin. Sa amin naman, hindi naman kami mahirap pakisamahang mga Rain or Shine boys. Alam ni coach Yeng ‘yun. Makukulit kami pero okay kami. Kapag nag-jell na kami, mas mapapadali siguro ‘yung trabaho,” said Belga.
“Kami naman dito, dahil alam namin ‘yung sistema, puwede kaming i-approach kung may tanong sila para hindi mako-confuse, hindi mahirapan,” said Belga.