AFTER failing to make Gilas Pilipinas' 12-man lineup for the Fiba Basketball World Cup, Beau Belga expressed his willingnes to play in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games if called up by national coach Yeng Guiao.
Belga was among the late cuts of Gilas Pilipinas for the World Cup, but head coach Yeng Guiao said those who didn’t make it to the Gilas 12 are assured of spots in the team for the SEA Games which the country will host later this year.
Belga said he is not assuming that the spot is already assured, saying he will leave the decision on who will fly the flag in the December 4 to 10 tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena to Guiao and his coaching staff.
“Wala naman problema basta pinatawag ni coach Yeng,” Belga said. “Saka para sa national team, okay lang, kung gusto pa nila ako sa SEA Games. Laging available, ang tanong lang is kung okay pa sa kanila.
“Hindi natin alam mangyayari sa future eh. Malay mo may mga big man na mag-excel, mga big man na magpakita. Walang samaan ng loob. Antay na lang. Matagal pa naman eh.”
If he makes it to the SEA Games team, Belga will actually be eyeing his second gold medal. Belga was part of the 2007 men’s basketball team coached by Louie Alas that won the mint in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Also playing for the national team at that time was Gabe Norwood, in his first stint with the Philippine squad since his stint with George Mason in the NCAA Division 1.
“Kami nila Gabe. Hindi naman ako nag-aano doon dahil kahit papaano nakapag-gold na kami doon. Siyempre mas magiging masaya pa rin kung masasama ako doon. Pangalawang gold hopefully,” said Belga.