FULLY aware about the implication of a loss, Rain or Shine heavyweight slotman Beau Belga is quick to warn comebacking import Gabe Freeman to expect no love from him when the Kings and Elasto Painters clash at the close of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round on Easter Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-5 Belga knows the job of containing the athletic import, seeing action for Ginebra for the first time, falls upon his broad shoulders and would require no less than a 110 percent effort for his part to accomplish the task at hand.
“We know Gabe is a hardworking import. So on our part, kailangan talagang ma-prevent siyang pumasok sa paint dahil pag nandun na siya, mahirap na siyang pigilan,” Belga told Spin.ph as the Elasto Painters resumed practice on Black Saturday.
Freeman, who arrived on Wednesday, is stepping in place of Josh Powell, who lasted for just two games with the Kings after signing up with the Houston Rockets in time for the NBA playoffs.
Belga explained Rain or Shine’s physical defense is part of the team’s game plan to stop Freeman.
“Automatic na iyun,” Belga said, referring to the tough defense Rain or Shine is expected to employ against the former Best Import come game time at 5:15 p.m.
A win by Rain or Shine will propel the Elasto Painters as the no. 4 seeded team in the playoffs, and will face fifth seeded Meralco in the best-of-three quarterfinals.
On the other hand, the Kings will drop at no. 8 should they loss and will face top-seeded Talk 'N Text, which enjoys a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.