BEAU Belga simply shrugged off the blowout loss Rain or Shine suffered against Petron, saying it’s just a matter of moving on and trying to compete again in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
“Sa amin naman, habang natatalo at nasusugatan, lalong tumitibay eh. Para sa amin, this (Game Three loss) is not the end of the conference,” said Belga. “Ahead pa rin kami, 2-1, so kapag nabawi namin ang momentum sa Game Four, maganda kalalagyan namin.”
The heavyweight forward was the lone bright spot for the Elasto Painters in their 73-106 drubbing at the hands of the Boosters on Saturday night, scoring 14 points to go with seven rebounds.
But the beating was so thorough it took coach Yeng Guiao and the team more than an hour to dissect the loss before emerging from their gloomy dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Nataon lang na naunahan kami pero kailangan naming mag-adjust sa offense, saka sa defense kasi may iba silang (Boosters) ginawa sa amin,” explained Belga, whose team broke down tape of Game Three to try to rectify the team’s mistake in time for Monday’s crucial Game Four.
The loss incidentally, broke Rain or Shine’s 10-game winning streak dating back from the elimination round.
Guard Paul Lee seconded Belga, saying the Elasto Painters’ confidence remains intact.
“Ang kumpiyansa namin, di naman mawawala 'yun. Kaya nga kami nakarating dito (semifinals). Kaya naman naming makabalik eh,” said the former Rookie of the Year, who after averaging 14 points during the first two games of the series, was held down to a quiet four points on 0-of-5 shooting from the field.