BROTHER in arms before, JR Quinahan knew what Beau Belga is capable of dishing out now that the two are on opposite sides.
So the other half of the famed ‘Extra Rice Inc.’ had to make an appeal to his former teammate just before the PBA Philippine Cup game between GlobalPort and Rain or Shine on Sunday.
“Sinabi ko lang kay Beau kanina bago mag-start yung game kako dahan-dahan ka lang sa akin ah,” said JR Quinahan, recalling his conversation with ex-tag team partner Belga, who he faced for the first time since his off-season trade with the Batang Pier.
All these were in the spirit of fun especially for two players whose partnership the last five years gave the Elasto Painters one of the most bruising frontcourts in the league.
Come game time, everything else was business.
Quinahan had 11 points and three assists against his former team as the Batang Pier (6-5) eked out a 117-99 win over the Elasto Painters to gain headway in the heated race for positioning in the quarterfinal phase of the all-Filipino conference.
“Big boost para sa amin na galing kami sa panalo going sa quarterfinals,” said the native of Cebu.
A couple of times, Quinahan and Belga guarded each other at the low past and, expectedly got entangled in several physical plays, which is really nothing personal, according to the Globalport big man.
“Expected naman yun,” he said of the matter.
The urgency of the playoffs also helped Quinahan take his mind off the hype of playing against his former teammates.
“Actually hindi ko na iniisip yung kalaban ko yung former team,” he said. “Pero nakakapanibago, kasi nasa kabilang side sila, nandito ako.”
“Pero masaya naman.”
Belga had a more complete game than Quinahan with seven points, nine rebounds, and five assists, but not enough to save Rain or Shine from losing for the third straight time and falling to an even 5-5 record.