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    Belga doesn't mind McCullough scoring 51, so long as SMB locals are silenced

    Jul 31, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    BEAU Belga said he doesn't mind San Miguel import Chris McCullough scoring 51 points against them, so long as Rain or Shine wins.

    The Elasto Painters stayed alive in the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals by winning Game Three, 112-104 on Wednesday night, putting to naught a career performance by the prolific San Miguel import.

    “I’m capable of doing that. That’s it,” McCullough, who made 18 of 32 shots, replied when asked about his 51-point effort.

    For Belga, however, McCullough can score as many as he wants as long as the Elasto Painters can limit the SMB locals’ production.

    “Kung umiskor ‘yung isang tao ng ganun, limited ‘yung iba, okay lang sa amin,” said Belga. “Hindi naman kayang talunin ng iisang tao ‘yung lima eh. Hindi pumutok si Chris Ross, June Mar [Fajardo] limited, sinolo ng import. Solohin na lang niya uli next game para masaya.”

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    “Kung umiskor siya ng 60, panalo kami, salamat uli. ‘Yun naman ‘yun eh,” said Belga.

    Belga finished with 16 points built around three three-pointers, including two coming in the final quarter. The Rain or Shine veteran sealed the victory with a three that put their team ahead, 110-104, with 11.2 seconds left.

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      Belga, however, said it was a total team effort as five ROS players scored in double figures and only one of the 11 players coach Caloy Garcia fielded went scoreless.

      “(It’s) a five-on-five game. Sabi ni coach Caloy, lahat ng ginamit niya, nag-contribute when it comes to scoring,” said Belga. “Next game, kung 70 iskorin niya, okay lang. Basta two points ‘yung iba."

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