FOR Rain or Shine to get back to its winning ways in the PBA Governors Cup after successive losses, Beau Belga said one thing needs to happen:
Jeff Chan must start hitting his mark.
A standout in the Gilas Pilipinas team that finished second behind Iran in the last Fiba-Asia championships, Chan has been anything but sharp since rejoining the Elasto Painters, averaging just 6.3 points on 21.7 percent shooting from the field (five-of-23).
The 2012 PBA Most Improve Player fired blanks from beyond the arc on Wednesday, going 0-of-7 from the three-point zone as the Painters dropped a lopsided 79-94 decision to Alaska Milk for their second straight defeat after opening the conference with two victories.
“I never saw na ganun kasama shooting ni Jeff. So talagang sigurado ako babawi si Jeff sa Sabado,” said Belga before joining the team's practice on Thursday at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong. “Kami naman, whatever happens, trabaho kami lahat.”
Belga hopes Chan will regain his shooting touch on Saturday when the Painters take on Air21 at the Mall of Asia Arena. In a short eliminations format like this, the wide-bodied frontliner knows Rain or Shine can't afford another letdown against the Express.
“Kailangan naming mag-regroup. Ang solusyon naman sa problema namin eh nasa sa amin din. Kailangan naming mag-bounce back sa Saturday against Air2 kasi kung matalo pa uli kami, lalo kaming bababa niyan,” he said.
Belga, the last cut in Chot Reyes' Gilas team to the Asian championships, admitted the team's performance against Alaska left coach Yeng Guiao frustrated.
“Di naman siya (Guiao) totally nagalit. Pero sinasabi ni coach parang di kami lumaban. Parang wala kaming ka-chance chance manalo, yun lang ang pinapaalala ni coach,” Belga told Spin.ph.
The 6’6” Rain or Shine slotman said last week’s typhoon that battered Metro Manila and nearby provinces may have somewhat put the team on a “vacation mode" again.
“Parang ang nangyari eh, galing sa bakasyon lahat. Two days kasi off namin. Siguro na-relax. Pati offense namin masyadong na-relax,” said the dejected center, who scored just three points against the Aces after being saddled by foul trouble that limited him to just 15 minutes of action.