BEAU Belga held his head high after emerging from the gloomy Rain or Shine dugout following the team’s failure to win the PBA Philippine Cup championship Wednesday night against San Mig Coffee.
Heartbreaking as the experience maybe, the bruising big man believes there is no reason to feel sorry for the Elasto Painters after losing the title series in Game Six, 93-87, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Umabot kami sa finals. Wala akong pagsisisi,” said Belga.
The former Philippine Christian University stalwart felt the loss to the Mixers will only make the Elasto Painters a better team in the long run as they try to bounce back from the setback.
“Ganun talaga eh, ‘yun ang nagpapatibay sa player. Pagkatapos namin nito, kumbaga ito ‘yung way para maging better ka. There is no time para magmukmok,” he said.
Belga also said he saw nothing wrong when the team decided to walk out of the game during the early part of the second period when the Elasto Painters were trailing, 17-30.
“Siguro it’s a way of saying na, ‘Wake up.’ It was a wake-up call. Wala namang bad meaning for that. Ganun talaga ang basketball,” he said.
Belga, who finished with 21 points, actually sparked a late rally by the Elasto Painters down the stretch only to come out short in the end.
But Belga doesn’t regret losing the title to the Mixers.
“Sabi ko lang, mag-work hard ako para hindi ako mag-regret na hindi ko ginawa ang lahat,” said Belga. “At least lumaban kami every game, hindi kami nag-give-up.”