THREE days before Gilas Pilipinas announces its final lineup for the Fiba-Asia Men's Basketball Championship, there is one plea mainstay Marcus Douthit wants the coaching staff to hear.
Please include Beau Belga in the lineup.
“I’m all in with Belga!” were the curt but strong words of Douthit as he batted for the inclusion of the burly wingman who he said gives Gilas a key piece in the frontline who makes life easier for him inside the paint.
“Belga is a different kind of big man. He spaces the floor and he can shoot the ball beyond my range and even farther June Mar’s (Fajardo) shooting limit,” added Gilas' naturalized center.
“He has my full support. There’s a lot of things that Beau does that other players in the team can’t do. He is a team guy, he is very mature and a leader.”
Aside from that, Douthit also pointed out the intangibles the Sorsogon-born dribbler brings to the team, like his physical presence and intimidation inside the paint, energy, and diligence.
“He is pushing every single body on the floor. He gives up his body for everyone. I think it’ll be a great decision for coach Chot to keep him in the roster,” said Douthit.
The former Los Angeles Laker draftee also praised Belga's fighting heart.
“Beau doesn’t back down. We will need that heart during the Fiba-Asia. When everyone’s tired, he can definitely step up,” he said.
As for the one thing he wants his teammate to bear in mind, Douthit said: “He gives his all on everything and doesn’t complain. I hope he learns not to complain also when a referee calls a foul on him.”
Douthit's endorsement is music to the ears of Rain or Shine governor Mert Mondragon.
“Masaya kami kasi biruin mo si Marcus pa ang may gustong makuha siya,” said Rain or Shine's representative to the PBA board. “Natutuwa kami kasi nakita ng national team yung nakita namin nuong araw na potential ni Beau."