THEY may be foes and belong to opposite teams, but Arwind Santos believes Blackwater needs to make the most of talented rookie Mac Belo.
Such was not the case on Friday night, according to the veteran San Miguel forward when the Beermen pummeled the Elite, 118-93, in the PBA Governors Cup.
It was the first time Santos went up against his fellow Far Eastern University alumn, and to his surprise, the Elite hardly pounded the ball to their prized rookie, who ended up with only four points on 1 of 5 shooting from the field. Belo did finish with seven rebounds but committed four turnovers.
‘Sayang yung talent ng bata,” he said of Belo. “Dapat more play pa kay (Mac) Belo. Alam naman natin na nag-a-average siya ng 17 points per game. Parang wala silang play, kanya-kanya sila. Siguro gigil din silang manalo.”
The Elite fell behind early and stared at a 65-40 lead at the half, with Belo held scoreless until that point.
The forward from Zamboanga scored all of his points in the third quarter, including two from the foul line. He was not even a factor in the payoff period when the Elite made one final push and cut what was once a 29-point deficit to just 101-90.
Santos, who had a quiet eight-point, five-rebound output in San Miguel’s sixth win in seven outings, observed the Elite should really get Belo involved more on offense if they are to make a serious run in the all-Filipino playoffs.
“Kanina parang hindi siya pinapasahan ng mga kasama niya eh,” he noted. "Parang mabibilang mo lang kung ilang beses siya pinasahan ng mga kakampi niya.”
The loss was the second straight for Blackwater and fell to an even 4-4 mark.