Don't count Rain or Shine out, says Beau Belga: 'Malay mo sapian kami ng demonyo'
Beau Belga remains unfazed despite Rain or Shine suffering its fourth straight loss to fall to a do-or-die match against Blackwater to enter the quarterfinals. Jaime Campos

RAIN or Shine has no one to blame but itself for the dire situation the team has to deal with as it fights for dear life in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Veteran Beau Belga said it’s a narrow path the Elasto Painters have chosen to take and therefore, should take whatever the consequence will be.

“Walang namang dapat managot. Ginusto namin ito e,” said the burly forward in the aftermath of the team’s crucial 94-89 loss to the Alaska Aces Wednesday night that put Rain or Shine on the ropes and a possible early exit in the season-opening tournament.

The loss was the fourth straight for a team that once had a hold on solo second and appeared to be a cinch for a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.

Now, it will battle Blackwater in a do-or-die game for the last berth in the eight-team quarterfinals. Both the Elasto Painters and Elite ended up with 5-6 record at the end of the eliminations.

All is not lost for the Elasto Painters, according to the 30-year-old Belga

“Walang imposible. Malay mo sapian kami ng demonyo, lahat ng tira namin pumasok,” he said in jest.

Rain or Shine owns a 107-93 win over Blackwater in their lone encounter during the eliminations.

But with survival at stake, numbers no longer matter.

“Ibang usapan ‘yung do-or-die. Hindi mo masabi na tinambakan mo o ano. Isang masamang laro lang,” said the former Philippine Christian University standout.

“Hindi mo alam. Kung sapian ng demonyo mga yan, eh di out kami.”

A daunting task, however, awaits the winner of the sudden-death game as it will face top seed and two-time defending champion San Miguel in the quarterfinals, where it needs to beat the Beermen not just once but twice to advance.

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