HAVING a more mellow coach doesn’t mean less scolding on Rain or Shine players.
Even with coach Yeng Guiao no longer around to give him an occasional - or make that constant - tongue-lashing, Beau Belga believes he and the rest of the Elasto Painters will get the same treatment under new coach Caloy Garcia.
“Kasama yun, masisigawan kayo, mapapagalitan kayo pero its part of the game,” Belga said after their 101-87 win over TNT Katropa on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, okay pa rin.”
Asked if he will have more freedom under Garcia, Belga instead termed it as “trust” he vowed to repay.
“Freedom? Hindi siguro, tiwala ni coach Caloy, yun siguro,” Belga said. “Sinasabi niya sa akin na kailangan na ako ng team sa loob. Isa na ako sa beterano ng team na ito and gusto ko lang suklian yung tiwala niya.”
“Tumatanda na ako, may mga mas bata sa team so hindi siguro pwedeng ako yung pasaway kasi mas magiging pangit siguro na in a way na baka gayahin ng bata,” added the veteran big man, who turns 30 on November 30.
“So yung maging leader siguro and yung tiwala na binibigay ni coach Caloy, wag kong ite-take advantage at babalewain ko.”
True enough, the burly enforcer delivered in their season opener with 14 points and seven boards in 25 minutes as a starter.
While the E-Painters showed that life in the post-Guiao era is not too bad after walloping the Texters who were without Jayson Castro, Belga insisted they have yet to move on.
“’Di madaling mag-move on kasi kasama namin siya for six years, pero yun nga, madali sa amin kasi yung sistema as is, yung grupo iilan lang nadagdag, hindi ganun kalaking adjustments para sa amin,” he said.
“Halos yung core ng team ganun pa rin,” he added. “Andun pa rin kami and good thing na-survive namin to. Yun lang naman yung gusto ni coach, maglaro kami ng hard ngayon and take it one game at a time.”
Belga is also dealing with the departure Paul Lee and most of all Extra Rice Inc. partner JR Quinahan, adjusting with his new frontcourt tandem in Jay Washington.
“Mahirap din kasi alam na namin ni JR paano yung laro namin, kung san pupwesto, kung san titira or papasa so adjustments pa rin,” Belga said. “Si Jay medyo nangangapa pa sa amin, pero maganda naman nilaro niya so yun nga panibagong adjustments sa amin.”