BEAU Belga is urging his Rain or Shine teammates to make the most of their favorable position in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Alaska.
The Elasto Painters pulled off a 105-103 escape act in Game Two on Sunday to move just two wins away from capturing only the franchise's second league championship, three years after the first one.
And Belga is hoping they won’t give the Aces an inch, starting in Game Three on Wednesday, and finish the series early after playing catch-up in the last two and three over their last four finals appearances where they wound up falling short.
“As much as possible, kung mananalo kami nang maaga mas better sa amin, kasi yung mga series namin pag tinitingnan mo, parang lagi kaming behind,” the RoS enforcer said. “Sabi ko nga, wag na natin pakawalan, andito na rin naman 'to, dalawa na lang, sila apat pa.
“Kailangan naming i-embrace, gusto naming tong sitwasyon na to,” he added. “Nandito na kami so wala nang iwanan.”
However, Belga, who registered 14 points and three boards in 19 minutes off the bench in Game Two, is reminding his teammates not to get ahead of themselves.
“’Di ko pa iniisip na panalo na kami,” the eight-year veteran said. “Kung gusto namin, pagtratrabahuhan namin. At yun yung maganda sa amin dahil nagkakaisa kami sa goal namin na gusto naming mag-champion kasi four years na nakakalipas na huli kaming nag-champion.”
“It’s about time,” the 29-year-old cager added. “Hindi na kami bumabata, ‘di namin alam kung kailan ulit kami makakatapak sa finals, so habang maganda yung chance, grab na lang.”
Belga earlier compared their title drought to a thorn in their side.
“Medyo umaangat na (yung pako),” he said with a smile. “Nakaangat na siguro ng two inches, so siguro pag Game Three nanalo pa, nakaangat na ng thee inches yun.”
“Hopefully, mabunot na yun,” he added. “Sawa na ako run.”