Isaac believes Mac Belo needs to expand game to be go-to guy for Blackwater
On Mac Belo, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac says, “Tinatanong ko yung mga assistant coaches ko, ‘Anong palagay niyong talagang strong point ni Mac Belo?’ Ang ano nila is he’s a player na punong-puno ng energy, pero pag hindi mo siya na-involve o nabigyan ng sitwasyon sa outside shots niya, hindi siya magiging effective.” Jerome Ascano

BLACKWATER coach Leo Isaac seeks to identify the individual strengths and weaknesses of his players, most especially Mac Belo, after the team’s PBA Philippine Cup campaign came to an end on Friday night.

While he has been the biggest factor in the Elite’s rise to relevance this conference, Belo, Isaac believes, has yet to show a go-to move that he can lean on when the chips are down.

The rookie sensation came in averaging 15.1 points per game, but was held to just six points while missing all but two of his 12 attempts in the Elite’s 103-80 loss to Rain or Shine.

“We need to identify yung mga individual strength at weaknesses ng players,” Isaac said after emerging from the dugout following a long talk with his players and staff.

“We know Art dela Cruz, pag dating sa low block, alam niya kung anong gagawin niya; we know Ronjay Buenafe na pag binigyan mo ng open shot, masasaktan ka.”

“Pero we can’t really assess yung talagang strong point ni Mac Belo,” he was quick to add.

The Gilas cadet star did contribute four boards, three steals, and two assists, and committed just one turnover in 28 minutes as a starter.

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“Tinatanong ko yung mga assistant coaches ko, ‘Anong palagay niyong talagang strong point ni Mac Belo?’ Ang ano nila is he’s a player na punong-puno ng energy, pero pag hindi mo siya na-involve o nabigyan ng sitwasyon sa outside shots niya, hindi siya magiging effective.”

“Pero ang maganda sa kanya, ang ganda ng energy niya and he won’t quit,” he added. “Talaga lang kailangan pa niyang ma-develop yung true potential niya.”

Isaac stressed they have to assess all their players’ strong and weak points.

“Then kung ano yun weaknesses nila, yun yung i-develop natin this offseason,” he said. “At the same time, identify natin yung strong points nila at magamit natin sa situational (plays).”

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