Mac Belo rues late mental lapses that overshadowed individual brilliance vs Magnolia
Mac Belo rued two crucial lapses as he passed up on a chance to score on the break and was forced to a huge turnover late in Blackwater's loss to Magnolia. Marlo Cueto

ONE bad can definitely overshadow a lot of good.

Mac Belo lamented his late error that put his individual brilliance to waste and cost Blackwater in its 78-72 loss to Magnolia in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Friday night.

The sophomore combo forward continued to prove that he’s back in top shape, tying his career-high of 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, that went with six boards, six steals, one assist, and one block in less than 26 minutes off the bench.

But with the Elite down by just two, 74-72, off a timeout, Belo committed a backcourt violation off some pressure defense from Ian Sangalang, derailing Blackwater’s comeback attempt.  

“Kasalanan ko rin, last possession na-turnover ko,” the Gilas Pilipinas pool member admitted. “Pero, ayun, alam ko matututo ako sa ganun.”

“Akala ko tatawagan ng foul eh, pero mali ko nga kasi masyado ako nag-relax,” he added. “On my part, mental lapse.”

Belo, who will turn 25 on February 12, also rued his decision to not take it all the way in a late possession, opting to instead pass the ball to John Pinto, who missed from point-blank range with former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Pingris chasing him.

“Kasi may situation na pwede na 'kong lumay-up, pero mas pinili ko siyang ipasa. Medyo kinapos yung tira ni Nard,” Belo said. “Pero sabi naman ni coach, walang sisihan. Ano lang talaga, bad start. Tapos nung huli na kami nag-run. Mahirap talaga bumalik sa ganun.

“Pero kailangan namin humeads up, and kailangan namin magprepare sa next game para makuha naman namin yung panalo,” he added as his team aims to arrest a four-game skid.

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