A DAY after missing the cut once again for the Final 12 of the Gilas Pilipinas squad bound for the 2019 Fiba World Cup, Beau Belga was back in practice with the natinal team on Tuesday night at the Meralco Gym.
Belga said he has no problem with it, knowing the chances to make it were slim.
“Okay lang, wala namang problema,” Belga said. “’Yun ‘yung sinabi ni coach Yeng [Guiao], slight chance. Hindi naman masama loob ko. Lagi ko ine-expect ‘yung worst. Eto ‘yung pinaka-worst. Okay lang. Good luck sa kanila. I hope mag-perform sila ng maayos.”
With Belga being the smallest among the bigs in the pool, the Rain or Shine bruiser was left out when the coaching staff opted for the 6-foot-8 Raymond Almazan to go against tall teams such as Serbia in Foshan, China.
Belga said he was proud to give the other aspirants a run for their money.
“Ganun talaga,” said the 6-foot-5 Belga. “At least masasabi ko sa sarili ko na binigyan ko sila ng magandang laban sa spot nila. I think everybody deserves it. Masaya na ako na nakipag-compete ako sa kanila, nakipagbangaan ako sa kanila, sumakit ang katawan naming lahat. Kumbaga kontento na ako doon.”
Belga is no stranger to being cut, having been bypassed by coach Chot Reyes in the run-up to the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship. The team eventually booked a spot in the 2014 Fiba World Cup after finishing second to Iran.
“Hindi na bago sa akin ‘yung pakiramdam na ‘yun. Sanay na. As long as binibigyan mo sila ng magandang laban para sa spot na ‘yun, wala ka nang mahihiling pang iba.
"They deserve it lalo na nung 2013. Doon, bakbakan talaga kami. Sila Japeth [Aguilar], sila June Mar [Fajardo], bakbakan kami doon. I think I did my best dito at doon. Hindi na masakit sa loob na na-cut ka. Marami akong natutunan,” said Belga.