EVEN with all the wheeling and dealing at Rain or Shine the past week, it looked like more changes were about to come had it lost to Kia in their PBA Governors’ Cup matchup on Sunday night.
Beau Belga heaved a sigh of relief after the Elasto Painters held off the cellar-dwelling Picanto, 94-86, after almost giving up a 17-point lead as they snapped a two-game skid.
“Mahirap naman matalo pa sa Kia,” Belga said after the E-Painters kept the Picanto winless in six games. “Parang di na namin alam mangyayari sa amin pag natalo pa kami dun.”
For his part, Belga did everything to avoid an embarrassing loss to the Picanto as the veteran enforcer registered 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting – including two triples – three boards, one assist, and zero turnover in less than 13 minutes of play.
Belga could’ve contributed more had he not been ejected halfway through the third quarter following a flagrant foul on Jason Ballesteros – a call he later questioned.
“Ako, tatanggapin ko yung offensive foul pero yung F1, parang… It’s their judgment,” Belga said. “You can’t do anything about it. The game has passed. Wala na tayong magagawa dun.”
Rumored to be on the trading block after seeing longtime teammates Paul Lee, JR Quinahan, and Jeff Chan leave one by one, Belga is making the most of his time at ROS.
“It’s their decision kung sa tingin nila gusto nila akong i-trade,” Belga said. “Wala akong control sa part na yun. Ang control ko lang is maglaro.”
Belga can also control jelling with his new teammates in Mark Borboran and Ed Daquioag and helping them adjust to coach Caloy Garcia’s system.
“Doon kami effective,” Belga said. “Kailangan lang talaga na maano namin yung sistema sa isa’t isa. Ok naman kami eh. With the new additions, I think maganda ang tatakbuhin namin.”