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    After a tongue-lashing from coach, Belga gets final say with late-game heroics

    Feb 3, 2014
    Beau Belga celebrates with Rain or Shine teammate Gabe Norwood after his clutch three-pointer late in Game Four against Petron. Jerome Ascano

    GETTING a mouthful from Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao can sure do wonders.

    Ask Beau Belga, who was scolded on national television by his fiery mentor for his officiating complaints and unnecessary fouls in the first half, before redeeming himself in the endgame of the Elasto Painters’ 88-83 Game Four victory over Petron in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The veteran slotman, who had three quick fouls and was scoreless in the first half, buried the biggest basket of the game - a right-corner triple that gave the Painters an 87-82 cushion that proved enough to move them a win away from reaching the All-Filipino conference Finals for the escond successive year.

    That proved to be his only points of the match.

    “Ako naman pag pinapagalitan ako, I take it as a motivation, as a challenge para i-improve ko pa yung mga mali and so far naman, nagiging maganda yung resulta eh,” he said after the game.

    Guiao, for his part, said the former PCU star is one player who can take the tongue-lashing and turn it into a positive.

    “It’s my way of putting my message across. Sanay na siya sa akin. He knows how to take it and he knows how to make it a positive motivation,” Guiao said of his reliable big man. “He knows he’s a very important part of our system, offensively and defensively, especially against (June Mar) Fajardo.”

    Fajardo had 27 points and 17 rebounds, but Guiao said Belga and 'Extra Rice' pal JR Quinahan made the Petron sophmore bleed for his points.

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    “He really worked hard on Fajardo. Fajardo was just too big, but he made him bleed for his points and suffer for forty-four minutes inside the court,” Guiao said.

    Aside from another monster effort from Fajardo, the Painters also had to buck the absence of Guiao, who was ejected in third quarter, and Paul Lee, who got injured in the first half.

    “Aminado naman ako ‘dun na meron akong mga nagawang hindi maganda, which nakaapekto sa team namin. Good thing dun, hindi kami nag-give up,” said Belga, who gave credit to the rest of his teammates and the rest of the coaching staff led by assistants Caloy Garcia and Mike Buendia.

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    Beau Belga celebrates with Rain or Shine teammate Gabe Norwood after his clutch three-pointer late in Game Four against Petron. Jerome Ascano
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