Beau Belga warns SMB players: 'Don't ever, ever let Calvin Abueva out of your sight'
Rain or Shine banger Beau Belga admits Alaska's 'The Beast' Calvin Abueva got into his head several times during their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, causing him to lose focus. Jaime Campos

BEAU Belga gives San Miguel Beer the edge over Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals owing to the imposing presence of June Mar Fajardo, but he has a piece of advice for the Beermen.

Don't let Calvin Abueva out of your sight.

"Yung June Mar Fajardo, given na advantage yan for San Miguel. Pero may 'X factor' ang Alaska, si Calvin," said Belga, two days after Rain or Shine lost to Alaska in six games in their semifinal playoff.

The 225-pound Gubat, Sorsogon native was even honest enough to admit that Abueva got into his head most of the time during their highly physical match-up in the Final Four.

"Si Calvin kasi yung uri ng player na ipipilit nya nang husto ang kanyang sarili. Maiinis ka sa kanya. Kasi ang tindi ng energy nung batang 'yun. Nung nagsabog ata ng energy ang Diyos, sinalo niya lahat," said Belga, shaking his head.

"Pag hinayaan mo na pumasok sa ulo mo si Calvin, masisira ulo mo. Kasi yun ang laro niya eh, ang pikunan ka at iwala ka sa focus," he added.

The wide-bodied bruiser also admitted that Abueva was the key to Alaska's 4-2 series win over Rain or Shine.

"Si Abueva kasi ginagawa lahat. Grabe ang energy eh. Nakaka-shoot sa harap mo, mamaya aagawan ka ng bola. Pag nalingat ka sa box out, makaka putback pa. Malaking bagay mga 'yun ha," said the former Gilas Pilipinas reserve.

Belga therefore only has one advice to San Miguel players, who are bound to encounter Abueva and his antics on the court, beginning with Game One on Wednesday.

"Mag-focus lang kayo. Kasi ako nabiktima niya rin. Nanggigil ako sa kanya sa laro. Mapapansin ko na lang, medyo wala na pala ko sa focus," he said.

"Lalo na yung mga Fil-Am ng San Miguel. Kadalasan kasi sa mga 'yun di sanay sa laro na ganun kay Calvin. Baka mawala sila sa focus. Pero syempre, mga professional naman ang mga 'yun. Alam ko mananaig pa rin ang focus nila."

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Belga also tipped Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid as the two Beermen who have the capability to control Abueva.

"May Arwind at Ronald naman ang San Miguel. Kaya talagang magandang match-up yan," he said. "Yung dalawa nga na 'yun, mas may shooting pa kaysa kay Calvin."

Meanwhile, Belga said he won't be surprised if the Alaska-San Miguel series goes the distance.

"Balanse 'yan. May June Mar yung San Miguel pero tingin ko may balanseng tao ang Alaska. Saka may (Sonny) Thoss at (Eric) Menk ang Alaska. Tingin ko 'yun gagamitin nila kay June Mar," he said.

"Di nga ako magugulat kung magpaparamdam ang wingmen ng Alaska. Andun sila Vic (Manuel), JV Casio, Cyrus Baguio pati 'yung (Ping) Exciminiano at RJ Jazul nila. Nag co-contribute. Di pa nagpaparamdam nang husto ang Chris Banchero nila ha," he said.

Still, Belga believes San Miguel's deeper talent will prevail in the end.

"Pero tingin ko San Miguel pa rin yan, pero di ko rin masabi. Kasi iba ang pinapakita ng Alaska ngayon eh. Lahat may role," he said.

As for his match-up with Abueva, Belga vowed he'll get the last laugh.

"Natalo niya ko ngayon. Aaminin ko. Pero tinalo ko rin naman siya nung Governors' cup (semis). Patas na kami," Belga said. "Pero di pa naman tapos career namin. Marami pa kaming laro na paghaharapan."

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