BOCAUE, Bulacan – Mac Belo rued his lack of contribution for Blackwater in the crucial stretch including a late miss that could’ve sent the game against NLEX into overtime.
The sophomore combo forward tallied 10 points, seven boards, three assists, and one steal, but was held scoreless in the payoff period as the Elite suffered a 93-90 loss in their Philippine Cup matchup that left them on the verge of elimination.
Worse, he missed a three-point try from near the top of the key with two seconds left that could’ve tied the game at 93 and forced an extra session.
“Wala eh,” was all Belo could initially say, before adding he wasn’t the primary options in their last offensive play.
“Kasi naghahanap na kami ng three points eh. Yung play talaga designed for Mike DiGregorio tsaka kay Kuya Allein. Eh na-deny,” Belo said. “Ako yung na-open, eh sobrang challenged, di na-shoot.”
While he was off target in the payoff period, Kevin Alas found his mark, firing 16 of his career-high 25 points in that stretch to help the Road Warriors build enough of a cushion to hold off the Elite after trailing by as many as 11 points.
It was the Elite’s second game at the Bulacan venue where they lost a double-digit lead. The first was against Kia in Christmas game two years ago.
“Nung nakaraan mas masakit yung talo namin. Christmas, tapos up by 17 points ata sa Kia. Tapos nahabol,” Belo said. “Ngayon naman leading kami tapos na-Kevin Alas kami. Ilang shoot ba yun? Sakit.”
Still, Belo is keeping his faith as the Eilte fight for their playoff lives with a 4-6 record ahead of their last game against Phoenix.
“Mahirap, pero di naman natin alam eh,” Belo said. “Basta kami trabahuhin namin yung next game namin. Kailangan namin manalo.”